Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stings
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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stings

    Someone sent me this link, knowing that I'm trying to lure a swarm of my own.
    Anyone know more about this? WAs it 40,000 or Much more? They describe it as a block long swarm... sounds like many more.
    Africanized? Or were they just swatting at them? 5 doesn't really sound like a lot of people being stung by such a Massive swarm of Africanized bees.
    I personally have no experience with Africanized bees but have spoken to a few guys that do swarm removals. On guy said He doesn't even Keep any "wild" swarms he removes as he doesn't know if they're Africanized or not. But the other guy says he keeps all swarms and if a swarm is Africanized, he figures they're also quite diluted now (in Florida anyway) and are not much different or not much more aggressive than other aggressive European hives he's had in the past. If they are aggressive he said he just requeens them.
    Would LOVE to hear some comments

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/swarm-of-...al-with-stings

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    Default Re: Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stin

    Oops, I posted about this before I saw your post. The thing I loved was the caption with the photo.

    Alex
    Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014.

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    Default Re: Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stin

    The CNN footage and reporting https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/21/us/be...rnd/index.html
    suggests it was an established AHB colony that got triggered and went defensive, with the media using the buzzword "swarm" , not a reproductive swarm as we know it
    The internet is instant, and the internet is often wrong-Kim Flottum

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    Default Re: Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stin

    Quote Originally Posted by AHudd View Post
    The thing I loved was the caption with the photo.
    That is humorous...
    Ecclesiastes 11:4

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    Default Re: Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stin

    Whoa dude, so like I was just standing there throwing this rock into the air, when like, all of a sudden, all these bees started flying at me and I got stung. It like really hurt so I figured they must be, you know, those killer bees I keep reading about.

    Ok, enough of that. But really, the most stings anyone received was 17 and all five "injured" people had to be taken to the hospital? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!
    I watched Kirsten Traynor take at least that many while working a queenless hive before she put on her beesuit and finished the job.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stin

    LOL

    Thanks

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