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#1 mat

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:13 PM

This was sent in by a friend of mine. Apparently a bee colony took over a car in the parking lot at Tillicum Mall. The fire department were called in, and the contract exterminator - but both refused to use methods that would kill the colony (good call). Eventually a local bee keeper came and vacuumed all the bees, then took them to a secure hive area.

Quite amazing.



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#2 pseudotsuga

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 08:43 PM

awesome!

#3 Holden West

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:29 AM

That's one sweet ride. I wonder if he bought it at Peter Pollen Ford?
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#4 Mike K.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:06 AM

Do bee colonies often take over cars? :confused:

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#5 Linear Thinker

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:07 AM

That's one sweet ride. I wonder if he bought it at Peter Pollen Ford?


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#6 Caramia

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:15 AM

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time!
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:35 AM

One of the guys on a Subaru forum posted these pics:

Bees on the intercooler/in the hood scoop:






I go mental when a single wasp/bee flies into my home, I would probably need psych treatment if I found my car like that :P

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#8 Phil McAvity

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:52 PM

That's one of the weirdest things i've ever seen. Mat's description made me think the bees must have inhabited some old dilapidated, abandoned junker but that's obviously not the case. I can't imagine why a colony of bees would move into a car.

"Zoom Zoom Zoom"? More like "Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz".

Peter Pollen Ford? That's one of the saddest puns i've ever seen. :rolleyes:
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#9 North Shore

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 04:27 PM

Middle of June, after some warm weather, and probably a good nectar/pollen spring. What we are seeing here is a phenomenon known as a 'swarm.' Essentially, a larger colony has split into two sections: one stays in the pre-existing hive (perhaps managed by humans, perhaps not), while the other forms up around a new queen and seeks out a new hive location. IIRC, the new swarm leaves the hive, sets up temporary shop somewhere (my experience has been in a nearby tree) and then sends out scouts who look for a new location. In this case, the temporary spot seems to have been buddy's car. Good call by the FD and exterminator in refusing to kill off the swarm, especially in light of the concern about Colony Collapse Disorder in beehives around the world. Apart from the person wanting their car back quickly, the bees probably would have moved off under their own steam in a few hours. Good catch by the local beekeeper, too!. A fascinating hobby, BTW...

Edited to add: Strange, this, Mat...do you have one of your filters up to grab stories about bees? http://www.vibrantvi...p?t=2850&page=4 posts 86/7!

#10 mat

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 04:58 PM

Edited to add: Strange, this, Mat...do you have one of your filters up to grab stories about bees? http://www.vibrantvi...p?t=2850&page=4 posts 86/7!


Nope - while bees are extremely interesting I am not dedicated to the topic enough to set a news alert! Dennis emailed me the story and pics.

#11 Bingo

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 07:16 PM

Do bee colonies often take over cars? :confused:

 

Yup, once those Zombie Bees get inside there will be no more 40 kph speed limits.

 

“These bees exhibited zombie-like symptoms if you think of your classic zombie movie — moving slowly in circles looking for brains essentially,” says Nanaimo beekeeper Sarah Wallbank, who discovered the first parasitized honey bees, or zombie bees, in Canada.

http://www.cheknews....-canada-208225/

 



#12 todd

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:33 PM

You don’t need bees anymore: https://www.amazon.c...2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:32 AM

Urban beekeeping has been touted as a way to boost pollination and improve sustainability, food security and biodiversity in cities. Many people and businesses who've added beehives to their backyards and rooftops (including CBC) say they're doing it to help fight declines in bee populations.

 

But researchers say urban beekeepers are likely doing just the opposite when it comes to wild bee species.

 

The only bee species kept in beehives is the European honeybee, which is "a non-native species that's essentially livestock managed by people," said Charlotte De Keyzer, a Toronto bee researcher and founder of the site bee-washing.com, which fights misinformation about bees. 

 

"So it's a bit like saying that you're going to save the birds of Canada by keeping chickens in your backyard."

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...-wild-1.5676777


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#14 Mike K.

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:00 AM

Oh yeah, it’s pretty silly.

Hives are also difficult to maintain. It’s not as easy as just putting up a nice structure from a kit and saving the world, you need to know what you’re doing and you need to invest a lot of time and effort to keep your bee population healthy. If you don’t get it right, you’ll lose the hive.

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#15 todd

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:14 AM

You don’t need bees anymore: https://www.amazon.c...2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==


If everybody just pollinated for 15 minutes a day that will make a real difference.

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 09:05 AM

Actually on my agenda for today is to pollinate my zucchini flowers with a paintbrush as the bees don't seem to be interested in coming up to my balcony. So I'll be doing my part today Todd.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 05:58 PM

Actually on my agenda for today is to pollinate my zucchini flowers with a paintbrush as the bees don't seem to be interested in coming up to my balcony. So I'll be doing my part today Todd.

 

 

Did our tomatoes plants today using a Q-tip. Halfway thru got exited a bee showed up.

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:37 PM

We've got a movement!


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