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Millions of bees dead after invading home

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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 07:47 PM
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Millions of bees dead after invading home


www.wsvn.com

CUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two battling colonies made up of millions of bees have died after invading a South Florida home.

The bees were found inside the Hernandez home, at 9394 SW 212th Terrace, Tuesday morning. According to the homeowner, Miguel Hernandez, he woke up and found his home surrounded by bees. Speaking in Spanish, Hernandez said, "I went out of my front door, and the entry was full of bees, so I called 911. The fire department told me to lock myself in the bathroom. They got here, and they were not able to enter because of all the bees flying around."

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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 07:47 PM
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We may have at long last discovered why the bees are rapidly disappearing, evidently according to this bizarre story they may have all retired to indoor environments down in sunny South Florida.

Unbeknownst to Miguel Hernandez living in the upscale community of Cutler Bay in South Miami-Dade County, living along with him, in his attic were two rival bee colonies.

He awoke this morning to find what an exterminator described as “Millions of Bees” fighting it out in a “Bee War”!

According to the exterminator the eventually all killed each other in the battle, evidently leaving him just the cleanup and removal.

The article from WSVN-TV 7 in Miami has a video embedded.


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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:01 PM
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Amazing story, Proto you better keep your doors and windows closed, glad that they got it taken care of, can't imagine walking into my home and seeing millions of bees, freaky.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:05 PM
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This is a really bizarre story, and maybe even the first of its kind ever documented. I did an Internet Search on “Bee Wars” and “Honey Bee Wars” and came up with no cases of bees attacking one another like this in mass. There was a Indian War known as the Bee War, and some Honey Wars between rival states and farmers, but nothing on bees warring with one another.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:13 PM
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I think I know what Eddie Izzard would say in that house...


edit on 2-12-2010 by avocadoshag because: Fixing bad link



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:16 PM
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Bee Colonies can live in very close proximity, not more than a few feet separate the hives at my uncles house. These must have been different types of bees that don't get along? Or maybe Africanized Bees were attacking Domestic Bees? I know that Imported Fire Ants won't get around Domestic Ants in Florida. I am very careful to only kill the Fire Ant hives, and I leave the domestic ants alone to act as a deterrent.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:23 PM
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The exterminator theorized that each colony started building in the attic through different holes, and had likely been both there for about 5 years. What set them off this morning is hard to say, maybe one bee from one colony said something about the queen from the other colony, that got a bee from that colony mad?

Though it might have been a preemptive strike by one side as they theorized the bees in the other colony would eventually attack them?

I live about 20 miles north of where this happened up in North Miami Beach, and have been in South Florida since 1996 and never have heard such a story before.

Up to know my best insect story was getting bit by a scorpion under a full moon, but I think the Bee War tops that!

Thanks for posting and sharing my friend.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:33 PM
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Let us not forget John Belushi!




posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:35 PM
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Bee wars! dope.

This got me looking into bee wars on youtube, which lead me to kids blowing up bees with fire crackers. For that i am grateful

As for why? probably territorial. Apparently both colonies lived side-by-side in this guys attic.

Wheres the flamethrower when ya need one?



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:43 PM
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What set them off this morning is hard to say, maybe one bee from one colony said something about the queen from the other colony, that got a bee from that colony mad?

Though it might have been a preemptive strike by one side as they theorized the bees in the other colony would eventually attack them?


I thought bees were the perfect little socialists? No agenda, no jealousy, no plotting against the queen. No sex outside of procreation, etc.


If bees mess up and start bee wars, then I don't feel so bad about being human.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:53 PM
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Originally posted by SPACEYstranger
Bee wars! dope.

This got me looking into bee wars on youtube, which lead me to kids blowing up bees with fire crackers. For that i am grateful

As for why? probably territorial. Apparently both colonies lived side-by-side in this guys attic.

Wheres the flamethrower when ya need one?


Believe it or not, when I was a kid that's what we used to get rid of hornet nests and bee hives, an old fashion flame snow melter.

Ah the good old days. Now we just destroy the ozone with insecticides!



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 08:54 PM
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Evidently the leader of one of the colony's name was Dick Cheyney?

Coincidence?



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 09:10 PM
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Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
According to the exterminator the eventually all killed each other in the battle, evidently leaving him just the cleanup and removal.
What amazes me about that is, I can't believe both bee populations were identical. It seems like one colony might be 100,000 bees and another colony might be 150,000 so that when all the stingers were used up, there were 50,000 bees leftover from one colony, for example. But to have exactly the same number in each colony? There must have been at least a few left that high tailed it out of there, I can't believe the number in each colony was an exact match.

But this is truly amazing, I never heard of anything like it!
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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 09:14 PM
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It really is truly amazing. I have never heard of anything like this either. That they managed to all kill each other is just beyond the odds.

It's saying a lot when the Fire and Police Departments couldn't even gain access to the lower quadrants of the house, which was the spill over of the battle in the attic.

We are having a bit of a cold snap for us, so it's possible something about the cooler than normal temperatures set them off.

I know I get very cranky when it dips below 72!

brrrrr!

This does seem to be a first of it's kind.

Thanks for posting.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 09:40 PM
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It is horrible to be surrounded by bee colony , i can't imagine someone is stung by so many bees....Maybe it is a good way to escape into a small room with all the windows closed.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 09:45 PM
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You really should watch this... I wonder if these were the weapons of choice?




posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 09:48 PM
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Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
reply to post by Aquarius1
 


This is a really bizarre story, and maybe even the first of its kind ever documented. I did an Internet Search on “Bee Wars” and “Honey Bee Wars” and came up with no cases of bees attacking one another like this in mass. There was a Indian War known as the Bee War, and some Honey Wars between rival states and farmers, but nothing on bees warring with one another.


Yeah it doesn't make any sense cause bee keepers keep hundreds of colonies and they never go to war with each other... Maybe since they are retiring to Florida they are warring over the best condo or view...



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 09:59 PM
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I tell you those condo association wars can be brutal.

Probably arguing over associaton fees!



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 11:58 PM
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They train bee's to sniff out for bombs now.

New technology, maybe some side effect or that guy had a bomb in his house due to the bees escaping.



posted on Dec, 3 2010 @ 12:00 AM
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Mmmmmm . . . I dunno . . . something's not right with this story . . . don't know what though.



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