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Iddee
May 24th 2009, 09:39 AM
NEW YORK (May 23) - Thousands of bees have swarmed outside a New York City game store, trapping employees inside for hours.


http://news.aol.com/article/new-york-ci ... m%2F496616 (http://news.aol.com/article/new-york-city-bee-swarm/496616?icid=main|main|dl1|link5|http%3A%2F%2Fnews. aol.com%2Farticle%2Fnew-york-city-bee-swarm%2F496616)

An-Nahl
May 24th 2009, 05:17 PM
lol trapping employees! :D

BjornBee
May 26th 2009, 05:58 AM
Don't blame the news, the frightened people, or the bees.

I just read in a major bee mag (Bee Culture) that the white house bees were placed on 6 foot stands....to "protect" the white house dog! What a crap!

I said, while others were praising all the publicity, that if one one the girls or even Michelle got stung, that it would be bad publicity for the bee industry.

Now, We send out the message to the community, that bees are to be placed on 6 foot stands so dogs are not "attacked" or "harmed".

Lets just keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

No wonder people were "trapped". :(

Hobie
May 26th 2009, 07:04 AM
Maybe it's a matter of interpretation. I read the same Bee Culture article and gathered that the hive was on a stand to avoid dog/bee interactions. I interpreted this as protecting the bees from being eaten/harassed as much as the dog from being stung, and generally avoiding a situation of possible conflict. Like separating your kids when they are squabbling.

BjornBee
May 26th 2009, 08:17 AM
Maybe it's a matter of interpretation. I read the same Bee Culture article and gathered that the hive was on a stand to avoid dog/bee interactions. I interpreted this as protecting the bees from being eaten/harassed as much as the dog from being stung, and generally avoiding a situation of possible conflict. Like separating your kids when they are squabbling.

Hmmmm. From the article....."considering it is on a four foot tall stand (to protect the family dog from dog/bee interactions)"

It clearly states that it is to "PROTECT THE FAMILY DOG"..... no mention of protecting the bees.

And where this whole idea came from (qoute from Hobie).... "bees being eaten/harrassed (by dogs)....I have never heard of such a thing. I checked my books on predators and pests of the honey bee, and not one mention of bee eating dogs.

The perception is CLEAR....the family dog is in DANGER, and needs to be PROTECTED from honey bees, by placing them on 4 foot stands.

Slice it, dice it, rationalize it any way you want! That is the wrong message we need to be sending out, that dogs (or anything else) is in danger of "contact" from managed honey bees.

I have inspected hundreds of beekeepers apiaries on farms. I have spoke to thousdands od beekeepers. Never once did I see a fence, or hear of, a four foot stand, or anything else...To "PROTECT" a family dog.

Still crap in my opinion.

Robo
May 26th 2009, 10:57 AM
This surely isn't the kind of publicity the roof-top beekeepers, who are trying get the NYC beekeeping ban overturned, are looking for.
http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/new-york- ... your-help/ (http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/new-york-city-beekeepers-need-your-help/)

Especially since there are quite a few of them who have no problem promoting the fact that they are keeping bees despite the law. Good chance it was a swarm from one of their hives.

PCM_old
May 26th 2009, 12:06 PM
I had too get my beagle hound to read this article;

Seems she like to go with me when I work the bees, of course being a hound she tires easily, so she crawls under my 14 in. hive stands and takes a nap in the shade !

Ain't nature wonderful ! That beagle hound can read, and sleep with the bees, I'm just glad she can't talk !!

PCM

Charles
May 27th 2009, 01:40 PM
We've all seen this before, someone in the public eye that tries to pick up popularity by following the current buzz words like 'save the bees' or 'organic'. Unfortunately they have little or no knowledge on the subject and cause more harm than good.

I agree with Hobie in that they had the best of intentions when making the decision to put the hives on platforms but the ultimate decision to do so was based on a lack of understanding.