bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Africanized bee chasers

Trying to trace the facts behind a reported sad incident in which a Texas farmer died after being attacked by bees before accidentally falling under the tractor's shredder, I came across this gory site. It reports Africanized bee incidents — noting with some disdain that (according to the Los Angeles Times):
The Tucson Citizen “... all but stopped reporting routine bee incidents” as early as 1994.
So re-reports as many incidents as it finds. Why? Because it supplies emergency-use insect veils “preferred by policemen, firefighters” and others. For a rather silly photo, look here.

UPDATE 9 October 2004: Over the past couple of weeks, quite a few US users have been googling “bee chasers”. Can anyone tell me why? Please add a comment or email me.


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