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Swarm of Homeless Bees Claims Womanís Bike
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Posted on 08/01/2012 2:01:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A swarm of relocating bees in southern Sweden chose to leave an overcrowded hive to squat on a bicycle parked on a central square in Kristianstad.

Passers-by witnessed how bees were swarming around a bicycle at Kristianstad square Södertorg, reported local paper Kristianstadbladet.

“Then the Queen arrived and they started to come in droves after that,” said Jan Ekdala, who became a witness to the event, to the paper.

Ekdala watched as the bees started swarming over the bike, literally covering parts of it.

“In only five minutes it was a gigantic bee-swarm,” Ekdala told the paper.

He told the paper that watching what was going on he became increasingly pleased that it wasn’t his bicycle that the bees had chosen.

“It would have been too large a number of stowaways to be able to use the bike,” he told the paper.

The phenomenon, when a bee Queen and a number of worker bees leave one hive to go looking for a new home, is called swarming.

The swarm at first only relocates to a nearby gathering place, such as a tree branch – or in this case a parked bicycle - sending out some 20-50 scout bees to find a suitable new location for the colony.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bees; bikes; napl; sweden

1 posted on 08/01/2012 2:02:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 08/01/2012 2:03:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How do we know these were homeless?

They were probably trust fund ba-bees.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 2:05:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: nickcarraway

sometimes it just bee’s that way.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 2:06:24 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: nickcarraway

Pretty cool, actually. I’d actually feel honored if a swarm of bees were to choose my bicycle as a temporary stop while looking for a new home.

Nature in it’s infinite beauty shows clearly the hand of Divinity.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 2:10:38 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: nickcarraway

Notice how the wire net weave of the basket is very similar to the honeycomb pattern of the bee ?


6 posted on 08/01/2012 2:17:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Help. How do I put something in my tagline.)
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To: nickcarraway

7 posted on 08/01/2012 2:26:15 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: nickcarraway

Flamethrower magnet.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 2:30:41 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: nickcarraway
Free bees.

Here's what you need:

1. A large cardboard box with a tight-fitting lid.

2. Your smoker with plenty of burlap and/or straw.

3. A queen cage with a sugar plug and a wire.

4. Duct tape.

5. Your veil and gloves if you're a chicken.

6. A spare brood box with foundation and hopefully some drawn comb.

Put the large box under the bees.

Smoke the bees.

Poke through the swarm gently to find the queen.

Cage the queen.

Put the queen in the large box.

Scoop the bees into the box.

Let it sit a little while for strays to come to the queen.

Close the box.

Take the box to your beehive. Install the queen's box between two frames. Dump the bees in, and leave the large box out front.

Congratulations! You now have free bees!

9 posted on 08/01/2012 2:43:14 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Its neat to watch someone who knows what they are

doing capture a big swarm

My momma was mowing earlier in the summer and didn`t

notice a Rose of Sharon had a swarm and hit it

The Cub Cadet sat out in the front yard for a coupla

hrs covered in bees before they departed


10 posted on 08/01/2012 2:53:14 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: nickcarraway

Sweet accessory.

Very Beespoke and Haute Couture’.


11 posted on 08/01/2012 3:16:48 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway; Salamander; shibumi

Sweet accessory.

Very Beespoke and Haute Couture’.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 3:17:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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13 posted on 08/01/2012 3:22:13 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: AnAmericanMother

I don’t think you need to cage the queen. I caught a swarm this spring and dumped them on a sheet in front of an empty brood box. After a few minutes they all walked up the sheet into the hive entrance. First swarm I ever caught and they’ve been doing Ok so far. It is a little late in the year for a swarm, must be a great year for the bees in Sweden!


14 posted on 08/01/2012 3:29:34 PM PDT by Dan Cooper
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15 posted on 08/01/2012 3:30:40 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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16 posted on 08/01/2012 3:32:53 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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17 posted on 08/01/2012 3:35:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

The queen went to a bike? I didn’t know Barney Frank could ride.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 3:59:50 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

Killer Bees?
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-killer-bees/29161/


19 posted on 08/01/2012 6:04:34 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows
"Kan I join swarm?"


20 posted on 08/02/2012 9:31:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Occupy bicycle!


21 posted on 08/02/2012 11:04:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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22 posted on 08/02/2012 11:18:51 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Got an empty hive? Shop-Vac in the car?


23 posted on 08/02/2012 11:58:40 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Sounds like a textbook example of Francis Bacon’s truism that nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. I suspect that any brute-force attempt to remove them would not end well.


24 posted on 08/02/2012 12:27:33 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: nickcarraway
Must be an unusual season for bees:

Bees removed from Ontario house dripping honey

OWEN SOUND, Ont. -- The bees are gone and so is the family whose home they invaded.

A Varney, Ont., couple and their toddler son left their 1-1/2 story home over the weekend to allow for cleanup and removal of thousands of bees nesting and producing honey in their ceilings.

Loretta and Dave Yates and their young son Justin haven’t returned home, but the bees were removed during a five-hour period Monday.

The Yates family hadn’t realized the extent of the bee invasion until cracks appeared in the ceilings of the two rooms and honey began to drip onto the floors. On closer examination, they noticed a dome kitchen light fixture was also starting to fill with honey.

Beekeeper Dave Schuit and three helpers pulled down the ceilings in the kitchen and living room Monday, and successfully removed the two beehives and several honeycombs -- some filled with honey, others containing brood stock.

25 posted on 08/02/2012 12:31:47 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: ApplegateRanch
Sure do! Got the bee vac box and a hive all ready to go. Have to be ready when somebody calls. I try to keep enough inventory for 5 complete hives on hand.

That does remind me that I need to do some painting. It is so darned hot and humid to be outside though.

26 posted on 08/02/2012 1:24:28 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Finding the queen and caging her are not steps that are included in my swarm collections. Take an empty deep (brood chamber) and scoop the bees in or whatever maneuver best collects the balled bees. Have never lost a queen. Most of the time I even skip the cardboard box.


27 posted on 08/02/2012 1:29:52 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: nickcarraway

The word ‘homeless’ has so many negative connotations. I suggest the more nuanced term “hive-challenged bees.”


28 posted on 08/02/2012 1:33:19 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: nickcarraway

I had a swarm of 8-10 K show up at my house a few years back, in a wall that faces my bathtub. When they didn’t leave after a couple of days, it was obvious they weren’t on a stop, they were planning to stay.

I called a beekeeper and he croaked the lot of them. I wasn’t willing to shell out the hundreds of $$$ it would have cost to repair the exterior wall.


29 posted on 08/02/2012 1:38:31 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
We did lose a queen once -- therefore we work it by the book now (but if I can't find her quickly I just dump the lot in the box and that soon indicates if you have her or not).

My grandfather-in-law was the first to truck hives to Florida for the orange crop, back in the 1920s. He was quite the bee entrepreneur - queen breeding, honey sales, etc.

His day job was Methodist minister, which in those days didn't pay particularly well. He also was a U.S. Marshal in Arizona Territory back when things were still pretty wild and wooly out there.

30 posted on 08/02/2012 3:37:23 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve been fighting a red wasp and yellowjacket invasion since moving in to our new home.

They attempted to take over my motorcycle. The yellow jackets tried to build a nest on a bolt near the front end.

The red wasps built a huge nest on the security light under the car port.


31 posted on 08/02/2012 5:00:37 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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