Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thousands of Bees Die In Literal Honey Trap

A honey spill in the middle of a Florida highway would prove to be the final resting place of thousands of honeybees this past Thursday. According to the News-Press, Neslan Torralvo of Torralvo’s Honey & Pollination Service hit a bump in the road, spilling 200 gallons of honey—about 2,400 pounds—or nearly $5,000—worth.  Then came the bees.

From the News-Press:
The spill caused thousands of honeybees to flock to the intersection to get a sweet taste. Torralvo, also a beekeeper, said the bees were drawn by the smell. 
Emergency workers and police from Cape Coral, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Highway Patrol swatted the swarming insects as they tried directing traffic and cleaning up the honey. 
With the bees landing on the honey residue, thousands were crushed by traffic or sprayed away by firefighters.
Bend to the will of man, nature!

The bees hung around for hours getting their honey on, meanwhile local businesses called for  beekeepers.  No humans were hurt, as honeybees generally couldn't give a fuck about humans, only honey.  Just thousands of bees were hurt, as they died doing what they loved, getting honey.

As one official helping with cleanup told reporters, “Everyone fared pretty well. Except the traffic . . . and the bees.”

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