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Man stung to death by 40,000 killer bees


Posted on Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Hilander


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In a tragic accident a man from Texas was killed after running in to a beehive with his tractor.

The incident highlights the dangers of African bees which are far more deadly than the European variety. 62-year-old Larry Goodwin had been working on a brush pile when he accidentally disturbed the hive, releasing swarms of bees. Despite the efforts of his wife and neighbor, Goodwin was stung so many times that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"You can’t believe how bad they are," said bee exterminator Allen Miller. "They make me want to get out of this business. They can get up under your clothes where no other insect can go. In a hive of ordinary European bees, about 10 percent will attack if the hive is threatened, but with African bees, all of them attack you."

"A Texas man was stung to death by about 40,000 killer bees a day after his 62nd birthday when his tractor ran into a hive, KCEN-TV reported on Sunday."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by DieChecker on 4 June, 2013, 21:04
Seems to me that if 100% of these bees attack, that when they all die (Don't these bees die after stinging, like regular bees do?)... leaving the hive basically undefended. That is probably why normal honey bees don't do that. It would seem that if someone could build a rolling robot that imitated a large animal (heat, smell, skin texture) that it would be relatively easy to wipe out such bee hives.
Comment icon #19 Posted by rashore on 4 June, 2013, 21:16
I'm still learning beekeeping but... I don't think even with killer bees the hive empties out 100%. To my understanding at least the queen remains in the hive, probably with a few hive attendants. And drones don't have stingers.
Comment icon #20 Posted by jaguarsky on 5 June, 2013, 1:51
Another man was attacked in San Antonio this afternoon (he was mowing). I guess the rain recently has stirred the Africanized bees up. They hate lawn mowers and tractors, small engine sounds.
Comment icon #21 Posted by jaguarsky on 5 June, 2013, 1:53
Another man was attacked in San Antonio this afternoon (he was mowing). I guess the rain recently has stirred the Africanized bees up. They hate lawn mowers and tractors, small engine sounds.
Comment icon #22 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 5 June, 2013, 11:52
I got stung over 20 times when I was 12 years old.... I felt nauseated for a few hours after the attack but didn't seek medical attention. You should always seek medical attention for that many bee stings. I'm glad you made it through that alive. Africanized bees are a whole other ballgame. You upset a bee hive and you might get a few stings while running away (kinda like the Duck Dynasty guys trying to get honey) LOL, I laughed my ass off at that episode.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Capt Amerika on 5 June, 2013, 14:27
I thought the cross breeding was to produce more Honey? edit : We were both wrong, and right.... Creation of Killer Bees Killer bees were the creation of a laboratory project led by the government of Brazil. Brazil hired geneticist Dr. Warwick Kerr in 1956 to create a bee that could survive the tropics of South America, as European honeybees could not. The goal was to create a gentle yet hardy bee by breeding European and African honeybee varieties. This did not happen. In 1957, a few of the experimental—and aggressive—bees escaped and began colonies in the Brazilian forests. This "killer bee"... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by minera on 5 June, 2013, 15:18
scary stuff in nature. That is why you should never mix the genetic pool . Goes for all living things including viruses, insects or other animals as you never know what the end result is. Everything in nature is created in an orderly fashion and for survival on this planet. You mess with things no matter what your intention is it will come back eventually and bite you in the behind.
Comment icon #25 Posted by skookum on 6 June, 2013, 20:50
These things are monsters, there is also evidence they are adapting too colder weather which means their spread North will happen with a few decades.
Comment icon #26 Posted by regeneratia on 6 June, 2013, 21:32
who counted the bees? Roundup and monsanto kills bees. what goes around comes around.
Comment icon #27 Posted by xsas on 7 June, 2013, 0:16
"The station reported that Goodwin was stung so much, there was no exposed skin that did not bear the marks of the attack. He was pronounced dead at the scene." Quote How horrible It doesn't bare thinking about.. can you just imagine the "shock, panic & pain, the struggle to swat them away".


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