Africanized Honey Bees Attacked A Grieving Family At A Hutto Funeral Home

The honey bee species that beekeepers in the US raise for commercial purposes, the European honey bee, is not actually native to North America. This species’ common name gives away its non-native status, as well as its European origin. European honey bee hives were transported to Virginia from Europe back in 1622, and by 1639, European honey bees had established a non-native habitat within wooded areas throughout the northeast. European honey bees eventually spread to Texas during the early 19th century.

European honey bees can obviously inflict medically significant stings, and they can become aggressive toward humans in defense of their colony and queen, but European honey bees do not generally attack humans unless the insects perceive humans as a threat or are provoked. All yellow jacket species in the US are more apt than European honey bees to attack humans, and unlike yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets and paper wasps, European honey bees have a barbed stinger, which prevents the insects from inflicting more than one sting during their lifetime. However, another non-native honey bee species in the US, the Africanized honey bee, is notable for being extremely aggressive toward humans, and these invasive bees cause several deaths in the southern states each year.

Africanized honey bees, which are more commonly known as “killer bees,” invaded Texas during the early 1990s where they interbred with European honey bees. Today, most wild honey bees in Texas have become “Africanized.” Unsurprisingly, Africnaized honey bee attacks occur frequently in Texas. A recent Afircanized honey bee attack in the state saw the bees inflict numerous stings to three related individuals while they had been mourning the loss of a loved one at the Hutto Lutheran Cemetery. During the attack, 91 year old Victor Stern sustained 51 stings, but he later recovered in a local hospital. Stern’s son and grandson were also attacked, but they sustained fewer stings, and were quickly released from the hospital. Later the same day, several Africnaized honey bee nests were found partially buried in the ground along a fence line in the cemetery. Authorities marked this hazardous area with police tape until the hives could be professionally removed.

Have you ever stumbled upon a bee or wasp swarm?



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A Professional Race Car Driver Survives a Killer Bee Attack For the Second Time

NASCAR fans are probably familiar with the retired race car driver named A.J. Foyt. Foyt is considered by many to be the greatest race car driver of all time, as he won the Indianapolis 500 four times, as well as many other racing championships. Although Foyt’s profession has brought him close to death on multiple occasions, he considers the killer bee attack that he suffered last spring to be the most terrifying and dangerous of all his experiences, and this is really saying something considering that he is currently 83 years old.Amazingly, this recent killer bee attack is the second one that he has survived, as he was attacked by killer bees back in 2005 as well.

Both of Foyt’s two near-death experiences with killer bees occurred in similar circumstances. In each case, Foyt had been operating a bulldozer on hisTexas ranch, but his most recent run in with killer bees occurred as a result of bumping his bulldozer into a hive that was obscured within a tree’s foliage.According to Foyt, the bees suddenly appeared like a big cloud, and they did not hesitate to attack. Once Foyt became aware of the bees’ presence, he too koff running from his tractor and toward a nearby swamp located on his property.Unfortunately, Foyt did not make it to the swamp, as he tripped and fell on the ground while running toward the small body of water. The very second Foyt hit the ground, the killer bees blanketed his entire body, stinging him numerous times. Foyt managed to get back up in order to make another run for the swamp, but the bees immobilized him with their stings before he could reach the water.It was at this point that Foyt became convinced that he was going to die, as numerous bees had been stinging him on every area of his body. Foyt remained immobile, hoping the bees would fly away, and to his astonishment, they did.Incredibly, Foyt survived, but a whopping 162 bee stingers were pulled from his excessively swollen skin.

Have you ever been forced to find refuge in a body of water in response to being pursued by stinging insects?

Woman Is Choosing To Cover Herself In Thousands Of Live Bees For Her Maternity Photos?

Having a baby is normally not a decision that women make lightly. While many important and meaningful events will occur within any woman’s life, many women claim that having a baby is the most significant and joyous event of all. This is certainly understandable, as bringing another human being into this world is not a trivial matter. In order to celebrate an expectant baby, western cultures often hold baby showers, and it is not uncommon for pregnant women to have professional maternity photos taken in order to memorialize their child’s prenatal life. All maternity photos feature the expecting mother’s baby bump along with other details that reveal certain aspects of the mother’s character. These personal aspects are often expressed in the expecting mother’s choice of attire. For example, some mothers may choose to dress in clothes that will seem aesthetically pleasing to their newborns, while other mothers may dress as Wonder Woman in order to express their enthusiasm for cosplay. One particular pregnant woman has recently taken part in a Cleopatra-themed maternity photo shoot. In addition to dressing like the ancient Egyption ruler, this woman posed with thousands of bees that covered various parts of her body.Waco Bee Removal

Emily Mueller is a 34 year old expecting mother who chose to pose with 16,000 bees for her maternity photos. This sounds dangerous, but most people will be relieved to learn that Mueller is a practicing beekeeper. However, after Mueller’s first shoot, she sustained a sting on her eye from one of the 16,000 bees. Therefore, Mueller chose to lower the number of bees to 12,000 for her second shoot…you know, just to be safe. Mueller chose a bee-themed photo shoot in order to celebrate the success of her beekeeping company. Last year, Mueller and her husband, Ryan, founded Mueller Honey Bee Rescue. Mueller also chose to pose with bees due to the positive public response that her last bee-themed maternity photos generated. Last September, Mueller posed for a photo that featured 20,000 live bees on her bare belly while she was several months pregnant with her previous child. For the latest maternity photos, Mueller’s body is spray painted gold to resemble Cleopatra, but instead of wearing a wig, she used live bees to stand in for her hair. In order to coax the bees into landing on her head, Mueller first positioned a queen bee on her scalp and then proceeded to wait until the rest of the colony surrounded the queen. Mueller used this same tactic in order to collect bees on other parts of her body.

Do you think that even a professional beekeeper is being reckless by posing with live bees while pregnant?


Researchers Have Discovered The Bodily Chemical That Makes Killer Bees Aggressive

Everyone has heard of killer bees, or as they are also known, Africanized honey bees. While bees do possess stingers that can deal out painful stings as a result of their toxic venom, very few bee species demonstrate aggressive behavior toward humans. Typically it takes effort to provoke a bee into stinging a person. Killer bees happen to be one exception to this general rule, as they will not hesitate to swarm individuals before dealing out stings. Every year fatalities in the United States result from killer bee attacks. Despite their well known tendency toward aggressive behavior, scientists have traditionally been in the dark concerning the reasons for this aggression. However, Brazilian researchers have just discovered a bodily chemical that is responsible for putting the “killer” into killer bees.Waco Bee Removal

In addition to discovering the bodily chemical responsible for the aggression demonstrated by killer bees, researchers learned that this chemical can also cause aggressive behaviors in normal honey bees after they are administered the chemical. According to a study published in Journal of Proteome Research the chemical that makes killer bees aggressive is produced in the bodies of many different animal species, such as flies and mice. However, when it comes to flies, mice and many other animals, the aggressive chemical seems to regulate food intake and hunger more so than aggression levels.

The researchers discovered that the chemical in question is a type of neurohormone that is produced in the brain. In many animals, neurohormones are responsible for regulating social behavior. Neurohormones are kicked into action by neuropeptide precursors. Young bee workers that belong to the killer bee species do not demonstrate aggressive behavior until they mature. This is due to the fact that the neuropeptides within the bodies of young killer bee workers have yet to develop to the point where they can facilitate specific neurological functions, in this case aggression. Once a killer bee reaches 15 to 20 days of age, it will develop into an aggressive creature.

Do you think that this “aggression chemical” is found in human brains as well as bee brains?

Bees Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Landmines

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Just about any animal, no matter how primitive, can be trained to do certain things. You may assume that insects are too simple to be effectively trained, but you would be wrong. Surprisingly, it is not too difficult to train an insect by resorting to classical conditioning. Back in 1988, two entomologists, Joe Lewis and Jim Tumlinson, joined a study that proved insects can learn through association. At the time, this study was a big deal, as most scientists were unsure as to whether or not insects could learn from humans. This study was only the beginning of a long effort to militarize certain insect species.

Since the 1988 study, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been interested in mastering insect training. The Insect Sensor Project, like DARPA, also became interested in how trained insects can be of benefit to the US military. These two government entities, as well as many others, have come a long way in the field of insect training. In fact, experts have recently trained bees to sniff out landmines in Croatia. This is pretty advanced behavior for a bee, but any insect can, theoretically, learn through conditioning.

Not long ago, researchers successfully trained wasps to associate certain odors with certain prey animals. Amazingly, it took researchers less than five minutes to train the wasps. Bees also have powerful olfactory senses that can be manipulated for the benefit of humanity.

When it comes to using animals to sniff out particular odors, most people think of dogs, but a bee’s olfactory sense is thousands of times more powerful than a humans. This puts bees on the same level as dogs when it comes sniffing out particular odors. Recently, researchers taught bees to associate the smell of their favorite foods with explosive landmines. This may seem like a strange thing to do, but the bees have been great at tracking down old landmines throughout eastern Europe.

Do you think that bees can be more effective than dogs when it comes to tracking down certain odors?