On the night of April 26th, an unknown person or persons destroyed beehives that were home to over half a million bees in Alvin, Texas.
With the advent of Colony Collapse Disorder early this millennium, and the resulting drops in bee populations across the USA, Europe, and Asia, people and organizations have been making efforts to house, protect and nurture honeybee populations for the sake of their crops, the good of the environment, or as a service to humanity at large.
Use of the land for the bees destroyed was donated by a private citizen and the location is visible to the road so passers by can watch and enjoy the bee keepers working with the bees.
Then we get people that do things like this:
Over the weekend, someone set fire to two dozen bee colonies in Alvin, Texas belonging to the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association. The perpetrator also dumped some of the bee boxes into a nearby pond.
According to one of the beekeepers:
I broke down in tears when I saw a floating brood frame in the water with bees still caring for the brood.
It is expected that the perpetrators were very likely stung and the community is on the lookout for individuals with bee stings.
Perhaps more remarkably, this is not a completely new idea. Multiple Facebook comments speak of past attacks on bees elsewhere attributed to teenagers and rival bee keepers.
We've already seen bees persevering through fire and smoke, according to beekeepers the surviving bees are stressed and many will have lost their queens, but is also possible some hives will survive.
Previous coverage of Bee troubles:
Some Honeybee Colonies Adapt in Wake of Deadly Mites
Backyard Beekeeping Now Legal in Los Angeles
Honeybees Pick Up 'Astonishing' Number of Pesticides Via Non-crop Plants
Bees Dead from Aerial Zika Spraying in South Carolina
Pesticide Companies' Own Secret Tests Showed Their Products Harm Bees
Extensive Study Concludes Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees
EU Bans Outdoor Use of Pesticides That Harm Bees
(Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 03 2019, @07:13AM (6 children)
Probably a neighbor whose child is allergic to bees. I know if my child was allergic and some dipshit set up hives containing millions of bees next door I'd burn that shit down too.
(Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 03 2019, @08:22AM
Right, and hitler couldn't stand jews either.
(Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 03 2019, @10:20AM (1 child)
It was a neighbor wanting to put down oil drills and being denied by the county over the bees presence.
(Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 03 2019, @05:28PM
stupid fuck should have shot the fucking county parasites instead of harming innocent bees like a coward.
(Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 03 2019, @11:35AM
or, you know, you could talk to the people who put the bees there, figure a way out of the situation.
in any case, children don't need to be allergic in order to die from a bee attack (grown-ups who are not allergic can also die).
but I'm under the impression that sane people who are allergic to bees tend to leave in cities, not in the countryside. not necessarily because of the lack of bees in cities, but because of the proximity to hospitals.
(Score: 4, Insightful) by RandomFactor on Friday May 03 2019, @03:28PM (1 child)
I would think killing off the non-aggressive honeybees so that the Africanized ones can spread easier doesn't sound like a great plan though.
В «Правде» нет известий, в «Известиях» нет правды
(Score: 4, Funny) by bob_super on Friday May 03 2019, @06:13PM
That's why ISIS denied your application.