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A Massive Swarm Of Angry Bees Descended Upon A Group Of More Than 200 School Children, And This Is A Frequent Occurrence

A Massive Swarm Of Angry Bees Descended Upon A Group Of More Than 200 School Children, And This Is A Frequent Occurrence

Insect life in Africa can be dangerous to humans, and this is especially true of the continent’s native bee species. The Africanized honey bee, for example, is commonly referred to as the “killer bee” and they are responsible for numerous attacks on individuals and crowds of people in Africa, South America, and North America, including the southwest US. There are numerous other airborne venomous insects in Africa that pose a threat to outdoor crowds, and it is for this reason that parents and teachers in the African country of Ghana are concerned about the lack of indoor school facilities. Believe it or not, but government officials in Ghana claim to not have enough money to fund the building of schools, so many children are forced to take instruction entirely outdoors. Due to the proliferation of these “outdoor schools,” a rash of dangerous bee swarms have repeatedly descended upon large groups of students and teachers within the country.

Over 200 students at one particular outdoor school in Ghana are completely at the mercy of venomous insect swarms. Bee swarms have descended upon the students numerous times. The 200 students that attend this outdoor school live in the Bongo district of northern Ghana. This district contains a village that the natives refer to as “goo,” and the government has been accused of neglecting the safety of these villagers by refusing to have adequate school buildings constructed in the village. Running for the nearest form of shelter upon spotting a bee swarm has become a regular habit among the 200 students. Most of the time, these forms of shelter are nothing more than large rocks and other inadequate forms of shelter. One particular bee swarm had students running into nearby homes and brave teachers hovering over students to prevent them from being attacked by the bees. The government has acknowledged the existence of the bee threat, but are doing nothing about it for the time being. Needless to say, student performance at the school is suffering as a result.

Do you think that future bee swarms could take the lives of children and/or teachers within the Bongo district?



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Researchers Found 650 Bee Species In A National Park Monument

When it comes to bees, honey bees get all of the attention. Humans have been raising honey bees for thousands of years, and many people wrongly assume that honey bees are the only types of bees that pollinate flowers and much of the world’s crops. However, scientists have documented more than 20,000 bee species, and only a few of these species produce honey, and some do not even possess stingers. North America alone is home to 4,000 bee species and most of these species dwell within relatively dry climates. Since bee populations are decreasing dramatically, researchers are frantically trying to locate as many bee hotspots as possible in order to preserve their most valued natural habitats. Amazingly, one researcher discovered 650 different bee species inhabiting one small area of a national park in Utah.

Experts have documented around 1,000 bee species that dwell within the state of Utah, but finding all of these species inhabiting one single location is impossible. Despite this, an independent bee researcher, Olivia Carril, recently discovered 650 of these 1,000 bee species inhabiting the well known Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Carril found 660 native bees within the borders of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which accounts for around 60 percent of Utah’s native bee population. A few years ago, a similar study determined that 770 bee species were discovered east of the Mississippi River. To put this in perspective, the total amount of bee species existing in one half of the United States is just 100 more than the amount of bee species found within one National Park monument in Utah.

Due to Carril’s research, there is now an interest in preserving this region’s ecosystem, as it provides a safe zone for more than half of America’s bee species during the winter season. This region of Utah is a preferred dwelling ground for bees due to the area’s diversity of plant life and long growing season.

Have you ever encountered an active bee nest within a desert landscape?





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A Walmart Store Was Swarmed With Bees, Sending Shoppers Into A Panic

Many consumers prefer to buy their products at the nearest local Walmart, as their prices tend to be lower than other competing chains, such as Target. Although Walmart’s prices are hard to beat, some people find the Walmart shopping experience to be less than enjoyable. For those who need an excuse to avoid Walmart, a recent bee-related event at a Walmart location may provide Target shoppers with a reasonable excuse to avoid the popular, but overcrowded shopping center. A couple of weeks ago, Walmart shoppers ducked for cover as an enormous bee swarm accessed the store.

Video surveillance cameras that are located prominently throughout the Walmart location caught footage of the recent bee swarm that left customers scared for their lives. This response is understandable, given the likelihood that at least one of the many Walmart shoppers present at the time possessed known allergies to bee stings. This horrifying event occured within a Walmart location in Eldridge, Texas. According to ABC News, a spokesperson for Walmart stores claimed that the situation is being looked into.

This is not the first unfortunate bee-related event to occur within the state of Texas this year, as a man in Wallis was recently stung 600 times by Africanized honey bees. For those not familiar with Africanized honey bees, they are more commonly referred to as “killer bees.” The man had been mowing his lawn when the killer bees descended upon him. The man was hospitalized for three days, but luckily, he survived. Not only did this man sustain hundreds of stings from the most aggressive bees in the world, but his survival is all the more amazing when you consider the fact that the killer bees had stung the inside of his mouth and throat. Earlier this summer, an 81 year old man sustained numerous bee stings while landscaping his yard. This man sustained 135 bee stings on his head alone. If you want to avoid bee stings, then avoid Texas, especially Walmart stores in Texas.

Do you think that it is not unusual for bees to swarm into human populated indoor areas?



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Scientists Cannot Understand Why Smoke Calms Bees

It is not hard to believe that most insects do not respond well to smoke. In fact, tobacco is smoked by some people as an effective method of repelling mosquitoes. While some types of smoke may be less irritating than others, smoke, in general, is far from soothing. Unless, of course, the insects in question are honey bees. Surprisingly, ancient Egyption art depicts beekeepers of the time blowing smoke into beehives in order to avoid being stung. It seems that smoke was understood to be a method of soothing aggressive bees as far back as 2,500 years ago, and this method is still being used by modern beekeepers. Despite this, scientists have yet to understand exactly why bees respond to smoke in this particular way. 

In an effort to understand the peculiar calming effects of smoke on aggressive bees, researchers exposed the insects to the smoke that is produced by the combustion of two different materials. The smoke released from one of these burning materials, burlap, is used by modern beekeepers, and the other, spent hops, is a recycled product of hop flowers that results from their use in beer production. Considering the fact that bees produce sugar-rich honey that is highly appetizing and sought after by many insect species, bees must be physically capable of protecting their hives from intruders looking to gorge themselves on the sweet substance. This is why some worker bees provide guard duty around the hive. When these guard bees detect a threat, they extend their stingers in defense. Since smoke seems to calm aggressive honey bees, researchers expected at least one type of smoke to prevent worker bees from extending their stinger in a defensive manner. However, this did not happen.

After disturbing the bees with electric shocks, they still extended their stingers. When the shocks became particularly intense, bee stingers released a droplet of venom, but they did not do this when hop smoke was released into the hive. This indicates that hop smoke, while not disabling a bees defensive response entirely, did, indeed, work to prevent the release of venom. A bee’s inability to release venom when exposed to hop smoke proves that hop smoke does have an overall calming effect on aggressive bees. Researchers believe that a chemical in hops known as lupulin has sedative effects on a bee’s nervous system.

Do you think that tobacco smoke could have the same sedative effect on bees?




Thieves Make-Off With Two Million Honey Bees | Phoenix Bee Removal

Thieves Make-Off With Two Million Honey Bees | Phoenix Bee Removal

Having your possessions stolen is never fun, and this is why we keep our valuables in safe places. When it comes to preventing thefts, people may buy safes, or even hide their valuables before leaving home. Obviously, common thieves are after your most valuable possessions, as there are not too many thieves around who want to steal toiletry items from people’s homes. In big cities, like New York or Los Angeles, residents are understandably concerned with the high rate of robberies and petty thefts. It goes without saying that residents of bigger cities should always keep their valuables under lock and key. Of course, America is not the only place where high theft rates exist. For example, in the city of Skåne, Sweden, the rate of thefts are particularly high. However, in this city, thieves don’t seem concerned with getting their hands on your typical valuables, such as jewelry or electronics; instead, this city sees high rates of beehive thefts.

Every year in Skåne between fifty and one hundred beehives are stolen from beekeepers. The most recent beehive heist saw thieves make-off with at least two million individual bees of the Apis mellifera species. This was the largest theft of its kind in European history. According to local news sources, thieves stole fifty beehives as well as one thousand liters of honey. The thieves stole bees from two different beekeeping locations in the Swedish city. One of the beekeeper victims, Patrick Nilsson claimed that the loss made him feel as though his pets had just died. After Nilsson realized that he had been the victim of a theft, he called a nearby fellow beekeeper who also claimed to have been robbed of his beehives. It is not yet known how many bees were stolen from this second beekeeper. Sweden is not the only country to see high bee theft rates. For example, since 2011, hundreds of thousands of apiaries across England and Wales have been robbed. Experts blame the surge in thefts on increased competition between beekeepers.

Do you think that the alleged increase in competition among beekeepers is being driven by the declining bee population?