Bees swarm 2 Phoenix women out for evening walk.

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  1. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper New Member

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    Published: 3/19/10, 11:05 AM EDT

    PHOENIX (AP) - Two women in Phoenix are in critical condition with hundreds of bee stings after a swarm attacked them while they were out for an evening walk.

    A witness tells KTVK-TV she heard screaming Thursday evening and saw the women lying in the street covered in bees from head to toe. A man jumped in to help and was also stung.

    All three were hospitalized, and the two women first attacked are in critical condition.

    Phoenix firefighters searched for the hive and eventually found it and took it down.

    Officials warn people to stay away from bee swarms and avoid loud noises or wild movements that may disturb the bees.

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    Information from: KTVK-TV, http://www.azfamily.com

    More great reporting on bees. Not wasp, Not Ahb bees or honey bees Just bees.

    :mrgreen: Al
     
  2. Omie

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    If they found the 'hive' and 'took it down' then that sounds like a typical wasp paper hive.
     

  3. barry42001

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    could not have been wasps or hornets or yellowjackets--those colonies have yet to even begin to populate themself yet infact respective queens are still in hibernation. Had to be honeybees--in all probability AHB only honeybees will have enough population to mount such a attack--not good PR for us, but them is not "us " is AHB --be assured we will be blamed.
    the lack of real education is mind numbing
    Barry
     
  4. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    At least there are some good comments at the bottom that point out that these would have to be AHB. I would have thought the fire chief would have been a little smarter than that but you know how the press likes to dress things up :-(
     
  5. alleyyooper

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    I thought this area of AZ. was hot enough for wasps to be out all year long. I have a friend who lives in Pine Ridge AZ that sent me a Christmas e mail it was 81F at 11:00 AM they were going to spend Christmas day in the pool.

    :mrgreen: Al
     
  6. barry42001

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    While wasps may not totally die out during the winter monthes they certianly would due to lack of food sources not be reproductively active that is to say colonies would not sustain large population levels, if in fact the colony didn't die outright. The film clip clearly shows was honeybees, wax combs under eves of building near peak. As stated has to be AHB at evening hours doubtful " our " honeybees would be rather quiet, AHB's but being constantly irritated by traffic, rumbling tractor trailers and flashing lights AHB's would be on the warpath in short order, as soon as they had something worth defending, they would. AHB's apparently, until they have a established colony--brood-honey pollen stored--they are rather quiet--when they have all mentioned they become defensive--extremely so
    Barry
     
  7. tecumseh

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    or perfume in their hair and something of a dearth going on?
     
  8. barry42001

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    Tec,
    That would explain a few bees in thier hair, and clothing--only a full blown attack would caused the result seen. In the evening hours when bulk of population is home, nectar gathering would have been winding down anyway, also, only AHB's stay that worked up for so long a period of time, " our " honeybees while can be riled up, generally they settle down in short order say 30 minutes or so, with few looking for trouble.
    Barry
     
  9. tecumseh

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    you know Barry given the location (and other minor detail like an open air nesting site) I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the hive in question was somewhat to extremely africanized. none the less generally something has got to provoke, or threaten, or roust up 'the girls' to get them started. after the first sting and the intruder is marked all that is required is a bit of flailing motion and slapping.