RADICALISED BEES

Uber-smart Aloysia Brooks, she has two PhDs and married David Hicks, asserts that even though bees kill more people than terrorists, “One could hardly imagine a war on bees occurring any time soon…” Such a war will be more than imagined should Australian bees, like those throughout much of the western hemisphere, be radicalised.

Aggressive African bees were imported into Brazil for research purposes in the 1950s, promptly escaping into the wild. Indistinguishable from placid, previously imported European bees, the African bees quickly “radicalised” Brazilian hives and nests, relentlessly spreading north, reaching the United States in 1985.

Wildlife expert Randall Kennedy says the bees get “crazy angry real quick”, describing the radicalisation process as a change of mentality:

“[Local bees]  get exposed to a killer bee. They go in there, they just change the whole attitude of the nest,” he said. “The queen changes her attitude. Africanized killer bees can go from non-aggressive to aggressive in a switch.”

Since radicalised bees can and do kill any living thing that provokes them, as well as innocent bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time, and are indistinguishable from there placid fellows, there are only two sensible courses of action when dealing with bees whose disposition is unknown:

There is a presence of Africanized honey bees in Florida and it is state recommendation that nuisance feral honey bee colonies (not managed by beekeepers) nesting in close proximity to areas frequented by people or domestic animals be removed by a beekeeper registered by the state of Florida or eradicated by a licensed and insured Pest Control Operator (PCO) for purposes of public safety.

Unmanaged bees must be removed or eradicated: let’s hope it never comes to that in Australia.

Update: In Texas it’s a matter of eradication of the radicalised:

7 thoughts on “RADICALISED BEES

  1. The quoted Randall Kennedy doesn’t sound particularly reliable. The character of a hive usually only changes when there is a new queen. And in the linked article (about a hive cutout at a house) he says the queen flew off?!? I have never heard of that happen before. He might be being quoted as an expert, but he doesn’t sound like a particularly expert expert. Frankly he seems more like a person who deliberately exaggerates the danger of hive cutouts, safe in the knowledge that most people he deals with won’t know a single thing about beekeeping.

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  2. “Joseph Mikesell with Truly Nolen Pest Control told Fox 10: ‘It’s always a bad situation when you’re talking about Africanized bees, because once one bee creates a pheromone which sends off the other bees to attack.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3520926/One-man-hospitalized-20-stung-swarm-20-000-KILLER-BEES-attack-people-Arizona-mosque.html

    Frankly you seem like somebody unwilling to do the research it it doesn’t support your ‘narrative’ Google it

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  3. Kennedy is no bee expert. He’s stating his impression of what seems to happen. Interbreeding with Africanised bees produces more Africanised bees. According to Florida State University, 50 years of attempting to breed out Africanised bee aggression have failed.

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    1. Breeding is probably the major factor in aggression, but pheromones could play a part in ‘radicalising’ once peaceful bees

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  4. “One could hardly imagine” – See that’s how y’know someone’s reel edyer-katyd, when they talks all purty like that. I gotta get me a womyn like that ‘cus I’s all iggerant.

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