I think we have all seen bee beards, but this lady brings a whole new level of wierdo. Here are some picks of a recent bee bearding contest in China. Some guy set a world record:Try an image search on "bee beard" and you'll find "bee bikinis" etc. Count me out... but she's not the only person to do such crazy things... here's Jay Smith with a beard...
The problem with that, though, is that they very well can be killing machines. Even a non allergic person can be done in on occasion by multiple stings. Artistic expression here, absolutely, but then so is bullfighting. That should not be used to dilute reasonable caution needed.Perhaps I'm the only one that appreciates it for what it is? I see it as an artistic expression with the added benefit to beekeepers in that demonstrates to the general public that honeybees are not little killing machines as the sensationalist press loves to portray.
Wayne you snipped my post in your quote. Spin put on information is something we will not get away from. So much time is wasted trying to balance misperception with equally uninformative information with the opposite spin.Now there's the message we as beekeepers want the public to embrace.