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Someone in Texas Killed Half a Million Bees

20 hives found burned, drowned near Alvin

(Newser) - Without bees, "we would see almost nothing in the grocery store." That's according to Steve Brackmann of Texas' Brazoria County Beekeepers Association. He has been frustrated by the dwindling of bee populations as a result of insecticides and herbicides—which made the intentional destruction of at least... More »

Notre Dame Bees Are Survivors

Beekeeper rejoices at activity around the hives

(Newser) - There was comfort to take in the horrific Notre Dame fire. No one was killed, and precious artworks survived. Now it turns out that thousands of small occupants did, as well: bees whose home is on the cathedral's roof. They've since been spotted buzzing in and out of... More »

She Thought It Was Dirt in Her Eyes. It Was Bees

Woman had been gardening when the bees flew in, got trapped

(Newser) - Warning, this story may turn you off of gardening forever. A Taiwanese woman was weeding around relatives' graves when a gust of wind blew what she thought was dirt into her eyes. Hours later, with her eyes still swollen and in pain, the 28-year-old went to a hospital, where doctors... More »

He Tried to Yank Out a Hive. The Bees Became 'Agitated'

51-year-old Arizona man dead after insects attack him in yard

(Newser) - The wife of Epigmenio Gonzalez was stung, as were several first responders and police officers, after the 51-year-old Arizona man tried to yank a beehive out from behind a couch in his Yuma yard. But Gonzalez ended up "covered with bees"—and it proved fatal, ABC News reports.... More »

Scientists Make 'Critical' Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

Glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, may kill off insects' essential gut bacteria

(Newser) - Animals don't seem to be harmed by the world's most widely used weedkiller, but bees apparently don't fall under that protective umbrella. "This is really critical," one entomologist tells Science of a new study showing the digestive system of honeybees (and possibly other bees as... More »

20K Bees Swarm Times Square Hot Dog Stand

NYPD beekeepers respond

(Newser) - Some 20,000 bees swarmed a hot dog cart near Times Square in New York on Tuesday afternoon, the Guardian reports. But the real news may be that the NYPD has its own beekeeping team. And, per the New York Times , it gets a fair amount of action, with one... More »

Hiker Lost in Wilderness Survived by Eating Bees

He was found after 6 days on Mount St. Helens

(Newser) - Matthew Matheny went for what was supposed to be a brief hike on Mount St. Helens on Thursday last week—and was airlifted to a Vancouver, Wash., hospital Wednesday when search and rescue teams finally found him. The 40-year-old Warren, Ohio, resident, who was in the state visiting friends, had... More »

Woman Stung by Bees So Badly Firefighters Ignored Protocol

Victim is expected to survive

(Newser) - "Her face was completely covered with bees." So said a captain with the Orange County Fire Authority of a woman who was stung more than 200 times on Monday. Cpt. Tony Bommarito tells NBC Southern California she was essentially covered head to toe. The scene in Lake Forest... More »

Babies May Not Get the Concept of 'Zero,' but Bees Do

Researchers amazed that honeybees can grasp the abstract construct of 'nothing'

(Newser) - Dolphins, monkeys, birds, and homo sapiens have a shared understanding of a quite difficult concept, and now honeybees are joining the party. Per a release , that concept is "zero," an abstract mathematical construct that scientists say stumps humans until at least preschool , but which they now note is... More »

Ariana Grande: I Have PTSD From Concert Attack

Her new tattoo honors Manchester

(Newser) - Ariana Grande says she suffers from PTSD in the aftermath of a bombing that killed 22 people at her concert in Manchester, England, last May. "It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing,"... More »

Bee-Sting Therapy Touted by Gwyneth Paltrow Kills Woman

Spanish woman received acupuncture using live bees every month for 2 years

(Newser) - It may not surprise you to learn that Gwyneth Paltrow has sought to treat her ailments—in this case inflammation and scarring—by subjecting herself to the stings of live bees. "It's a thousands-of-year-old treatment," the Goop mastermind told the New York Times in 2016. "It'... More »

Elephants' Fear of Bees May Help Save Them

New study adds credence to innovative strategy being used to protect wild elephants

(Newser) - Researchers tramped into a national park in Sri Lanka, played a recording of agitated honey bees within earshot of elephants, and got the reaction they hoped for: The elephants developed a serious case of the heebie jeebies. The study in Current Biology suggests that Asian elephants react in much the... More »

Boys Face Felony Charges After 500K Bees Killed

Police say boys destroyed 50 beehives on Iowa honey farm

(Newser) - This should take a bit of the sting out of their loss. A few days after Christmas, Justin and Tori Englehardt discovered someone had destroyed every beehive on their Wild Hill Honey farm, the Des Moines Register reports. According to the BBC , the destruction of the 50 hives in Sioux... More »

Mom Who Took Maternity Pics With Bees Shares Heartbreak

Emily Mueller reveals baby she'd been pregnant with died in utero

(Newser) - An Ohio mom whose photos from her maternity shoot went viral over the summer shared sad news online this weekend: The baby she'd been carrying, a little boy she and her husband named Emersyn Jacob, died in utero, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . Emily Mueller, who runs a honeybee rescue... More »

Truck Carrying Millions of Dollars in Millions of Bees Crashes

The bees were on their way to pollinate almond trees in California

(Newser) - "There were bees everywhere," Auburn Police Sgt. Tucker Huey tells the Sacramento, ahem, Bee . KTXL reports a semi-truck carrying millions of bees worth between $1 million and $2 million crashed Thursday night in California. The driver told police he had to swerve onto a freeway off ramp when... More »

Michigan Man Tries to Use Fireworks to Remove Bees

It did not go according to plan

(Newser) - A Michigan man who tried to use fireworks to remove a bees' nest from his garage ended up burning the building down instead. MLive reports that crews responding to the home in Grand Blanc Township on Monday saw fireworks shooting into the sky from the burning garage. No one was... More »

Things Go From 'Horrible to Bad' for Honeybees

Survey finds signs of hope

(Newser) - Things aren't looking quite as bad for America's honeybees as they were a few years ago, but it is far too early to declare the crisis over, according to the annual survey carried out by the Bee Informed Partnership . The survey found that beekeepers lost 21% of their... More »

London Overrun With Mystery Bug Swarm

The flying insects descended on Greenwich

(Newser) - Social media users in London are buzzing about an apparent swarm of flying insects that has descended on one part of the city. Videos posted to Twitter Tuesday show people ducking as the insects descend on Greenwich in southeast London, reports the AP . It's not clear what the bugs... More »

$170K in Stolen Bees Recovered in 'Sting'

Bee theft is 'kind of new to us,' says Calif. official

(Newser) - A Montana beekeeper has recovered hives that were stolen from him in California, thanks to what the AP is calling an agricultural "sting" operation. Lloyd Cunniff of Choteau reported 488 hives stolen in January, after he had transported them to California for the almond pollination season. A tip led... More »

City in Iowa Has Plan to Bring Back the Bees

The plan is 'critical to the future of both pollinators and people'

(Newser) - One city in Iowa is rolling out the red carpet for bees in order to save the human race. The Gazette reports the population of pollinating insects has been cut in half over the past 70 years, and that spells trouble for humans who enjoy having food to eat. Part... More »

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