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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:00 PM
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10,000 bees crowd wing of plane at Mass. airport
Source: AP

DANVERS, Mass. Maybe these bees were too tired to fly for themselves. A gang of honeybees landed on the wing of a plane used for flight school training at Beverly Airport. At first, the 10,000 or so bees swarmed over the left side of the aircraft, then landed on top of the left wing. The owner of the flight center called police, who said to call local bee removal expert Al Wilkins.

Wilkins used a specially designed vacuum to suck the bees off the plane, and then relocated them to hives where they will produce honey.

Wilkins guessed that the queen may have stopped to rest on the plane, and the other bees congregated around to protect her.


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/odd_bees_on_a_plane




There's got to be some relevant story in here somewhere - I'm sure of it.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:04 PM
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1. I am glad they saved the bees!!! In the old days they would have gassed them all. nt
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Merlot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:09 PM
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2. Bees are endangered nowdays
So I'm thinking that it's a good omen to have bees land on your plane!

I've noticed bees in the garden and outside this year, seems like a while since I've seen so many. So that's good.

Welcome back, bees!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:15 PM
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4. I'm allergic to the fuckers, but I agree--welcome back, bees!
I'd rather risk a sting than die of starvation from no veggies!
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:09 PM
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3. OMG, the terrarists are training bees now!
Lots of "cells" in those "hives" for the little buggers to hide in!

First boxcutters, next bees
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martymar64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 04:28 PM
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28. How about dogs that shoot bees out of their mouths
snarf
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:21 PM
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5. when honeybees get crowded
(too many for the hive) they will work to nurture another queen and when she is hatched approx 1/2 of the bees leave the hive with her and swarm. The swarm of bees will fly in a tight mass and land on a convient place until scout bees can find a proper place to finally settle and make a new home... the tight swarm is one way of protecting the queen whom can often be found easily in the center of the swarm. The gentle vacuum is a great idea that I have never used but if you can find the queen and put her in a hive or box, usually the rest of the bees will follow...
a swarm of bees looks daunting, but it is a time when they are pretty intent on their task and quite gentle. *very simple explanation*
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:31 PM
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7. I witnessed a swarm of bees once
Edited on Tue Jun-02-09 09:35 PM by Lone_Star_Dem
It was an amazing sight!

I was outside working in the yard when I heard them coming up from the south. I wondered what all the buzzing noise I was hearing could be. I live in a slightly remote area and couldn't think what kind of machinery it sounded like that. I walked up to my patio and then I saw some them come through the trees (literally around all the branches, not over the tree tops). They started off as just a few, but before they'd reached the center they were dense enough that they were creating shade and I was watching (from in the house by this point) with my mouth hanging open in amazement. Then they again began to thin out and fade into the northern horizon.

It was a thing of beauty I'll never forget.
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:51 PM
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9. it is an awesome experience
I have stood in the center of a swarm and was just blown away- Wow
Also once experienced a drone mating with a queen -mid-air- rare experience. My grandfather was a beekeeper and I carried on, though haven't been able since I've been on the road.
One day again; I can taste the warm honey as I write this...
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 11:08 PM
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17. The swarm takes the old, proven queen with them
She stops laying a few days before the swarm and slims down a bit for flight. She starts laying again when the new colony is established and new comb is drawn, sometimes within 24 hours. It's all driven by pheromone chemistry.

There are a number of emerging, virgin queens (3-5 might be considered normal) left behind in the old colony. The virgins fight it to the death, the last one crawling becomes the anointed queen and is sent out to mate.

I have collected dozen and dozens of swarms (fire department had my number) and I never used a vacuum. Gravity, a bucket with lid, and a collection box (10 frame super with six or seven drawn frames installed), and a water spritzer bottle worked well for me. Oh, and a short ladder because I never attempt to collect swarms high in trees. I'll wait until they alight lower or leave the county entirely.

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm in July isn't worth a fly.

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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 11:13 PM
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18. ahhh
you are right and so lucky
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:28 PM
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6. They were trying to stop the plane, stop the pollution that is killing them.
They were trying to hold the plane down.

They were communicating with us.

Of course that's ridiculous, I guess, but how can you ever bee 100% sure?

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Sal Minella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 10:12 PM
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13. Of course they're communicating with us.
We're just not smart enough to learn to speak bee.
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:38 PM
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8. the ultimate hangar queen nt
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:54 PM
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10. The bees fight back - Taking their planet back
back from us humans who have failed to care for the earth.
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TroubleMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 09:56 PM
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11. I'm tired of these m**f**ing bees on this m**f**ing plane!!



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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 10:22 PM
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15. LOL!!
:toast:
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 09:22 AM
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24. here you go
Edited on Wed Jun-03-09 09:23 AM by high density
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 10:00 PM
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12. Bees on a Plane! starring Samuel L. Jackson (based on a true story!)
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kitty1 Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 10:15 PM
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14. Cheney states the bees belonged to Al Qaeda n/t
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mule_train Donating Member (611 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 10:24 PM
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16. First, they came for the bees, but I said nothing, because
I was not a bee
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 01:04 AM
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19. Maybe bees brought down the Air France jet.
Edited on Wed Jun-03-09 01:04 AM by Kablooie
They all gathered on one wing and tipped the plane over.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 02:05 AM
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20. huh, and I thought all the bees were in Will Pitt's head
Edited on Wed Jun-03-09 02:06 AM by uppityperson
long story from several yrs back on DU in the lounge. Just in case people think I'm more nuts than I am
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 07:47 AM
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21. creeps the hell outta me!
:scared:
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Sal Minella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 09:22 AM
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23. Are you saying migrating bees creep you out?
Or what creeps you out?
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 10:04 AM
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25. i have an insect phobia
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Sal Minella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 11:13 AM
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26. I understand. Republicans do the same thing to me.
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 08:11 AM
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22. there is something on the wing...
"Portrait of a frightened man: Mr. Robert Wilson, thirty-seven, husband, father, and salesman on sick leave. Mr. Wilson has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner very much like the one in which Mr. Wilson is about to be flown home - the difference being that, on that evening half a year ago, Mr. Wilson's flight was terminated by the onslaught of his mental breakdown. Tonight, he's traveling all the way to his appointed destination, which, contrary to Mr. Wilson's plan, happens to be in the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone."


"and stop callling me Shirly."
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-03-09 12:19 PM
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27. That would scared the bejesus out of me if I had been on that plane!
:scared:
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