bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, July 10, 2006

News propogation

Normally, I'm a big fan of BBC news, but in this report, perhaps a little more research
was needed:
Pupils at a primary school in Cumbria had to be sent home after it was swarmed by a million honey bees. It is thought the bees, led by about 30 queens, took up residence in drains at Orgill Primary School, in Egremont [Cumbria, England]... There are thought to be up to three nests in the school grounds.
Now I reckon that's three queens, maybe a few virgins and a maximum of 180,000 bees. To top it all, they say that pest controllers have been asked to “rid the area of bees humanely.” The mind boggles.

It's a pity that Cumbrian beekeepers didn't call in to teach the kids about bees. Still, I'm sure the pupils enjoyed an unnecessary day off.


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