bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Friday, December 03, 2004

Bees that bite?

I'm mystified. There's a report on an Indian website that a girl died after being bitten by a honey buzzard, described as a poisonous bee with poisonous saliva. Until now I though honey buzzards were birds of prey with a penchant for honeybee larvae. I've googled honey buzzards and can only trace the bird. Can anyone explain?
A two-and-half-year-old girl died and eight others were injured in honeybee bites here on Wednesday. Reshmi, daughter of a migrant labourer and a resident of Thoradi village in Kotda Sanghani taluka, died after being seriously wounded in bites by poisonous bees called honey buzzards.
My grandfather did always say: never believe what you read in newspapers -- except the date because you can check that. And sure enough the Belfast Telegraph was once published with the wrong dateline.


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