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Kid Said Monsters Were in the Wall, Wasn't Totally Wrong

60K bees were inside

(Newser) - Plenty of little kids are scared of monsters in the closet or under the bed, and so was 3-year-old Saylor Class. Only Saylor's monsters were in the wall of her bedroom in her family's 100-year-old farmhouse in Charlotte, North Carolina. Saylor had just seen Monsters, Inc., so mom...

Diamondbacks Game Delayed for 2 Hours by Bees

Thousands swarmed the netting above home plate

(Newser) - Mother Nature can certainly cause game delays, but not often in such a buzzy way. Tuesday night's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers started nearly two hours later than scheduled because a bee colony showed up behind home plate about five minutes before the first pitch...

He Picked Up a Bag of Soil, Was Killed by Swarm of Bees

Authorities in Kentucky say 59-year-old was attacked on his own porch

(Newser) - A cautionary tale for gardeners: Authorities in Kentucky say a swarm of bees killed a man who picked up a bag of soil on his porch, reports the Courier-Journal . Michael Alford, 59, of Dizney inadvertently disturbed a colony that had set up shop within the bag, per the Washington Post ...

Beekeeper Says 'I Hope to Never Experience It Again'
Beekeeper Says 'I Hope
to Never Experience It Again'

Beekeeper Says 'I Hope to Never Experience It Again'

5M bees fell off a truck in Canada on Wednesday

(Newser) - "I hope to never experience it again," says a beekeeper who was asked to come to the rescue on Wednesday morning after 5 million bees toppled off a truck in Canada. Police phoned Michael Barber, owner of Tri-City Bee Rescue, and requested he assist at the scene in...

Huge Swarm of Bees on Plane Wing Delays Flight

Eventually they left after plane started up engine

(Newser) - This is the kind of situation for which the term "yikes" was invented: A Delta Air Lines flight was delayed Wednesday due to a huge swarm of bees that gathered on one of the plane's wings. The flight was supposed to depart Houston for Atlanta at 12:25pm...

Some Are Putting Mowers Away for a Month

'No Mow' movement is catching on as a way to help pollinators

(Newser) - An idea gaining in popularity allows you to put away the lawnmower for a month, guilt-free. As Allyson Chu explains at the Washington Post , the "no-mow" movement encourages homeowners to let their lawns get a little wild to help pollinators such as bees and butterflies in the spring. Some...

Woman Charged With Unleashing Bees on Cops

She broke out hives as they tried to serve eviction notice

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman is facing multiple assault and battery charges for allegedly releasing a swarm of bees on a group of sheriff's deputies, some of them allergic to bee stings, as they tried to serve an eviction notice, authorities said. Court records show Rorie S. Woods, 55, pleaded not...

This Might Be the Weirdest Royal Development Yet

Royal beekeeper informed each hive of the (human) queen's death

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II may have been known for her beloved corgis, but she also had royal beehives. And the caretaker of those approximately 1 million charges performed an unusual ritual upon Elizabeth's death—he informed each hive of the news. The weird nugget comes via the Daily Mail , which...

They Heard 'Buzzing' in Wall. Out Came 6K Bees

Omaha couple chose to safely relocate the pollinators

(Newser) - Thomas and Marylu Gouttierre knew they had a problem when they put their ears to the walls of their home and heard buzzing. It wasn't the kind to come from a furnace on the fritz, but rather the buzz of thousands of bees. About 6,000 bees were recently...

Millions of Bees Die After Flight to Alaska Rerouted

Atlanta-area beekeepers rushed to rescue survivors

(Newser) - For human passengers, having a Delta Air Lines flight rerouted through the airline's Atlanta hub might be annoying. For millions of bees that were being sent from California to Alaska, it was fatal. Sarah McElrae, who runs a business that supplies Alaskan beekeepers and pollination services, tells the New ...

Why Beehives Are Being Stolen in California Right Now

People are turning to technology to protect their hives

(Newser) - For a few frenzied weeks, beekeepers from around the United States truck billions of honeybees to California to rent them to almond growers who need the insects to pollinate the state's most valuable crop. But as almond trees start to bloom, blanketing entire valleys in white and pink flowers,...

Dozens of Penguins Stung to Death by Bees

63 endangered African penguins were found Friday on a South African beach

(Newser) - More than five dozen African penguins have met a sad end in South Africa, in what bird conservationists say is a most uncommon incident. AFP reports that 63 of the endangered birds were found dead Friday on Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, a suburb of Cape Town, and their...

He Mowed Too Close to Killer Bees: 'He Was Just Covered'

Thomas Hicks dies in rare fatal bee attack in West Texas

(Newser) - A West Texas woman says she lost the "love of my life" Monday in an attack by angry bees. Thomas Hicks, 70, suffered cardiac arrest after he was repeatedly stung while mowing his yard in Breckenridge, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. His widow, Zoni, says she made...

He Got in His Car After Grocery Shopping. Then, 'Holy Cow'

Man had 15,000 bees waiting for him in his vehicle in an Albertsons parking lot in Las Cruces, NM

(Newser) - Ever get behind the wheel and feel the creepy sensation that someone or something unwelcome is in the car with you? That's what happened to a man in Las Cruces, NM, over the weekend after a short trip to the grocery store, but to his horror, there wasn't...

The Hunt for Murder Hornets Is Getting Desperate

Washington state officials want to destroy them before the 'slaughter phase' begins

(Newser) - Shhh, be very quiet—they're hunting murder hornets. And the media is following. Outlets from CNN to the Seattle Times are reporting on Washington state officials as they track Asian giant hornets in a race against time. The goal: destroy them before the dreaded "slaughter phase" begins. The...

A Tree Fell Through Her Roof. That Wasn't the Worst of It

Pinned to the bed, Rosetta Kimbrough was stung at least 15 times

(Newser) - Rescuers in Alabama say Rosetta Kimbrough is lucky to be alive—though the Mobile resident probably wasn't feeling particularly lucky last Wednesday when Hurricane Sally sent a tree through her roof—a tree that was home to a nest of bees. Kimbrough found herself pinned to the bed as...

Bees Meet Dogs, With Deadly Result
Bees Meet Dogs,
With Deadly Result

Bees Meet Dogs, With Deadly Result

3 dogs attacked by swarm die in Arizona

(Newser) - The sting bested the bite as three dogs were killed by a swarm of bees in Arizona on Wednesday. Just before 3pm local time, the Tucson Fire Department announced an "aggressive" swarm had targeted the dogs, one of which died as crews used a foam to kill the bees....

Most People's 'Worst Nightmare' Has Landed in America

It's called the 'murder hornet,' and here's why

(Newser) - So-called "murder hornets"—with their spiked mandibles and venomous stingers—are not visitors you want to have around. And yet, they're here. The New York Times reports that two Asian giant hornets have been spotted in northwest Washington State and a full hive across the border in...

Thousands of Bees Swarm Downtown Street

5 are sent to a hospital in Pasadena, Calif.

(Newser) - Nothing like the sight of up to 40,000 bees headed your way—and that's exactly what people experienced Thursday afternoon in Pasadena, Calif. Officials say the swarm emerged from an area between the roof and the eaves of a Howard Johnson hotel and shocked pedestrians near Pasadena City...

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...

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