A local beekeeper finally found not one but two hives in the area where the man was attacked by bees. I never really bought into the swarm theory so I’m glad to see they found the hives and can move them to another area to prevent something like this from happening again.
I do find it a bit hard to wrap my mind around a hive so large that it could contain up to 1 million bees as the story reports. That must be a very healthy hive, and if it is not Africanized, they must have some great genetic traits.
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I really don’t know how I feel about this article about an elderly man being attack by bees. The fact that they still have been unable to locate a hive in the area points to a swarm situation, but swarms are usually pretty docile. I understand bees don’t like lawnmowers, but I haven’t heard of a swarm settling in grass. It could be an Africanized swarm as they tend to be more defensive when swarming, but unless some genetic tests are done, it is very difficult to distinguish an Africanized bee from an European bee.
Obviously this is a terrible event, and I hope the victim recovers, but it would be nice to have some more information on what happened released.