bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Hive splinters

Yet another story about a swarm closing a road: this time in Liverpool, UK. But there are two great lines from the journalist:
Bee experts believe the swarm followed a “break-away” queen from a hive ...
and then a cracker:
... no local beekeeper had reported any bees missing.
Yeah, would s/he? In any case, I'm not sure to whom you'd report ‘lost’ bees. (Although students of Irish history may recall that the Northern Ireland police force used to have a Special Constabulary called the “B Specials”.)

UPDATE: I've been rebuked for not mentioning that local councils in the UK are often the best place to report swarms — although nobody reports ‘lost’ bees, some people successfully report ‘found’ bees.


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