Archive for the ‘Bees’ Category

Mother Nature Says, “Get off my lawn!”
Humans attacked by Ants, Bees, Spiders

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Let’s just call it quits, people.

Over the last couple of weeks, Mother Nature has decided to remind all of us who’s really in charge.

Here’s the rundown of recently terrifying yet gentle reminders from her:

Deadly Spiders vs Homeowners:

After purchasing a house from the previous owners who failed to disclose that it was actually a destination spot for the deadly brown recluse spider, the latest owners began discovering spiders everywhere until they were eventually bursting out of the walls.

A conservative estimate of 6,000 spiders were said to be lurking in the house.

[ABC News]

Ants vs Tire-Changing Human:

Then there’s THIS incident where some human needed to change a tire on the side of the road and got in the way of a bunch of ants’ business.

[CBS News]

And finally…

Bees vs Landscapers:

In Arizona several landscapers got too close to a 100 pound hive of Africanized Bees that had taken up residence in the comfy attic of a home the landscapers were working around.

[ABC News]

So…what have we learned this week?

To be terrified of basically everything around us.

Man Retaliates Against Beehive

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

What would you do if a bee stung one of your friends while he was visiting your house? Would you shrug it off and continue enjoying the day? Would you grab a can of Raid or a water hose and extract some minor vengeance? Or would you pump the hive full of gasoline and blow it to bits causing the local fire station to be scrambled?  If you chose gasoline – congratulations, you have a kindred spirit in Lynden, Washington.

A Lynden man dumped gasoline on a beehive that was in a tree and then ignited it Sunday night, Aug. 28, causing an explosion in the suburban neighborhood that could be seen from a few hundred feet away.

The man lit the hive on fire about 8:30 p.m. in retaliation for a bee sting one of his friends got earlier that day at the house on Twin Sister Loop, said Lynden Fire Chief Gary Baar.

The fire caused a large “whoosh” and singed the tree pretty badly, Baar said, but nobody was hurt. There were no flames when firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later. “No damage, except for a bunch of dead bees,” Baar said. “The correct way to do that is to call a beekeeper.”

[Bellingham Herald via Deadspin]

The Honey At Red Hook

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a beekeeper noticed that a hive had begun to transform and display mysterious stripes of color in their honey stomachs. Even stranger, instead of honey, the hive began to produce a bright red substance that resembled maraschino cherries or Robitussin. The beekeeper began to suspect that the hive was bypassing the local flora and heading straight for the maraschino cherry juice at the local Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company.

“A fellow beekeeper sent samples of the red substance that the bees were producing to an apiculturalist who works for New York State, and that expert, acting as a kind of forensic foodie, found the samples riddled with Red Dye No. 40, the same dye used in the maraschino cherry juice.”

Additionally, the beekeeper noticed that, “When the sun is a bit down, they glow red in the evenings,” he said. “They were slightly fluorescent. And it was beautiful.”  Repeat: We have red, glowing bees in Red Hook! There is no word yet if the maraschino cherry honey is delicious.

[New York Times]