wet bee diary
Thursday, May 10, 2001
Final proof - bees are the epitomé of cool: David Bowie (then Jones) played in some 5 bands at high school. Among these were The King Bees and The Buzz - in fact the King Bees released the first record ever to feature said rock god. That's a pretty respectable bee quotient by any standards.
Tuesday, May 08, 2001
JUST SAW A BEE! My flatmate called me downstairs... he's sitting on the porch having a coffee, right, and this big old bumblebee turns up. I just caught a glimpse of it, then it flew round a corner and over a wall. I was put in mind of the sketch in Chris Morris's Jam, where the fumbling bloke who gets given a shoe-wire by his boss tells the lovely receptionist that there was a dove outside the window but it's flown away now.
someone just sent me this:
"Jon Ronson's very cool. If you go to his site at http://www.jonronson.com
and visit the forum you can see such comments as 'He also bought a very nice
and expensive bee for his nephews birthday.'"
Ye gods, it's true!!
"Did anyone see Animal Planet's PREDATORS: HOW THEY HUNT footage of Giant 2-inch orange and black Japanese hornets completely annihilating a colony of European honeybees? One by one, they snip off the heads of 30,000 bees in about 3 hours, to get at the larva, which they feed to their own larva. Those larva are huge fat things that all bonk their heads against the walls of their cells in unison to demand more food. But if a hornet scout locates a hive of Japanese bees, they all hide inside the nest and wait, buzzing a collective warning. When the hornet comes inside to investigate, about a dozen bees jump on it simultaneously and pin it down, as more and more pile on top - they don't sting, but all vibrate their wings and bodies until the core temperature of the ball (where the hornet is) reaches 115 degrees, killing it! The bees can withstand up to 118 degrees, and so survive, and none die useless deaths from using their stingers. With the scout dead, the hornet never has a chance to alert the rest of its colony for a raid, and the bee hive is safe. Amazing stuff."
"IN REGARDS TO YOUR SLIGHTLY AMUSING WEBSITE I HAVE SOME POINTS, THE NUMBER 1 QUESTION SHOULD BE, NOT WARE ARE THE DEAD WET BEES,BUT, ARE THEY DEAD BECAUSE THEY ARE WET, AND IF SO WHICH BASTARD DROWNED THEM? I AM SURE BEES KNOW THEY CANT SWIM AND THERFORE THIS LEAVES PREMEDITATED DROWNING OR AN ACCIDENT, AND AFTER ALL HOW MANY ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BEES HAVE YOU SEEN?"
Monday, May 07, 2001
Just heard a mental story about Japanese bees rubbbing themselves against hornets until the friction cooks them, but think I'd better check this one out.
Sunday, May 06, 2001
And how could we forget...
from this site all about Bumblebee Guy
Yesterday I got my housemate to photograph me gesturing at a cartoon bee on an HSBC poster. I will scan it and post it as soon as it's developed. There's a town called Bumblebee in Arizona. There's going to be a UK bee census, due to similar bee problems as those in the USA (see below), and I will join in with it.
Shit! Bees in danger!:
"During the past ten years, both wild and managed honeybee populations have dropped by over 50% in North America. The major reasons for the decline are two parasites that weaken or kill the honeybee. The misuse of pesticides has also contributed to the problem.
"If honeybees continue to decline, how will we continue to grow those fruit and vegetable crops that require insect pollination? Many scientists believe we should look to our native bees for help. There are at least 19,000 species of bees in the world today and more than 5,000 are native to the U.S.. Already, native bees pollinate crops such as blueberries, cranberries, squash, alfalfa, apples, and tomatoes. If we can learn more about native bees, how to encourage them to nest next to farm fields and visit crop plants, then we would not have to depend as much on honeybees."