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Woman stalked by swarm of bees for 24 hours

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Lilly

Whoa...that would totally freak me out!

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Sundew

Despite the fact they couldn't find the queen, that's really the only reason bees will swarm like that, it's all a chemical attraction to surround and protect the queen during a swarm. Fortunately the bees are not easily provoked while swarming and generally don't bother anyone. Unless they commandeer your car.....

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Still Waters

It's odd that the bees came back overnight. If nobody had been able to find the queen which is what they thought the bees were following, something else must have attracted them. Perhaps the car smells of something they like :unsure2:

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and then
2 hours ago, Sundew said:

Despite the fact they couldn't find the queen, that's really the only reason bees will swarm like that, it's all a chemical attraction to surround and protect the queen during a swarm. Fortunately the bees are not easily provoked while swarming and generally don't bother anyone. Unless they commandeer your car.....

Now THAT would be an unexplained mystery right there!

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Calibeliever

Looks like the first bee keeper they called in screwed up and didn't extract the queen. Rookie mistake.

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BeastieRunner

That's got to be freaky.

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Rut Roh

Alice Cooper wrote a song that reminds me of this...  Welcome to my nightmare

 

I could never ever drive that car again.  Forever scarred I would bee...

 

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Sundew
8 hours ago, Still Waters said:

It's odd that the bees came back overnight. If nobody had been able to find the queen which is what they thought the bees were following, something else must have attracted them. Perhaps the car smells of something they like :unsure2:

Probably after the Honey Nut Cheerios. 

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Myles

Somewhat related:

 

I've noticed many stores have been advertising bee keeping supplies.    Is it the new fad?

Does anyone here keep bees?   Is it worth it?   A fun hobby?

I'm not real fond of honey, although I may have never tasted fresh.

 

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The last 2 days I have swatted and killed 13 bumble bees that are making their home in my chicken coop.   I know they are carpenter bees although they look just like the typical big bumble bee.   I use a racquetball racquet.  

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Sundew
3 hours ago, Myles said:

Somewhat related:

 

I've noticed many stores have been advertising bee keeping supplies.    Is it the new fad?

Does anyone here keep bees?   Is it worth it?   A fun hobby?

I'm not real fond of honey, although I may have never tasted fresh.

 

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The last 2 days I have swatted and killed 13 bumble bees that are making their home in my chicken coop.   I know they are carpenter bees although they look just like the typical big bumble bee.   I use a racquetball racquet.  

I suspect it's because of Colony Collapse Disease, which is causing the failure of many bee colonies, that the intent is to bolster the bee population. Honeybees, and to a lesser extent other bees in America are responsible for pollination of many, many food crops. Without the bees we will either have to hand pollinate plants like apples, tomatoes, squash, and most other fruits and vegetables (at a huge expense) or be forced to live off of wind pollinated plants in the grass family like wheat, corn, barley and so forth. It will also be the end of many ornamental plants that use bees for reproduction. So the more bees the better. 

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rashore
3 hours ago, Myles said:

Somewhat related:

 

I've noticed many stores have been advertising bee keeping supplies.    Is it the new fad?

Does anyone here keep bees?   Is it worth it?   A fun hobby?

I'm not real fond of honey, although I may have never tasted fresh.

 

Less related:

The last 2 days I have swatted and killed 13 bumble bees that are making their home in my chicken coop.   I know they are carpenter bees although they look just like the typical big bumble bee.   I use a racquetball racquet.  

I don't keep honeybees yet, though I know there is at least one wild hive in the area. I do however "wild keep" a lot of other native bees in my area. We get a lot of bumbles and orchard mason bees. And we have a large array of other niche bees in the area that I help out. So I don't have to depend on a honeybee population for pollinating crops. 

I will be keeping honeybees in the future though. Not for need of pollinators, but rather because we like honey a lot in my household. I plan on a mason jar observation langsthoth style hive.

 

A lot of commercial agriculture misuses honeybees IMO, and we are seeing the result. We wouldn't necessarily have to hand pollinate if we lost honeybees, but we would have to invest heavily into less mobile and more niche bees to replace honeybees should we manage to kill the honeybees off.

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