With the advent of Colony Collapse Disorder [wikipedia.org] early this millennium, and the resulting drops in bee populations [phys.org] 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 [fbcdn.net].
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 [soylentnews.org], 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 [soylentnews.org]
Backyard Beekeeping Now Legal in Los Angeles [soylentnews.org]
Honeybees Pick Up 'Astonishing' Number of Pesticides Via Non-crop Plants [soylentnews.org]
Bees Dead from Aerial Zika Spraying in South Carolina [soylentnews.org]
Extensive Study Concludes Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees [soylentnews.org]
EU Bans Outdoor Use of Pesticides That Harm Bees [soylentnews.org]
Pesticide Companies' Own Secret Tests Showed Their Products Harm Bees [soylentnews.org]