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Old 02-10-2017
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One of the strangest events in my RV travels occurred today and Debbie and I are still trying to make sense of it. We were traveling East on I-40 just before crossing into the AZ border from CA and all of the sudden I hit a few big bugs. I think this is odd but it keeps getting worse. It went from a few a second to more like 20 to 30 per second. Then I see a big flat bed stacked with wooden bee hives pulled off in the turn out. About 50 feet in front of it is a guy decked out in a full bee suit walking toward the truck. There are bees everywhere. We had to hit over a hundred or so in the short distance of the turn out. OK, that is strange but it gets worse.

About 40 miles or so later we stop at a rest stop. We can't get our of the RV because there are like 50 swarming bees on the out side of the RV. Not around any other vehicle, just ours. We stayed about 10-15 minutes, made lunch but never left the RV. Next stop, no bees. Debbie thinks they somehow landed on the bus and we took them along for a journey. I can't imagine how, but then again I can't imagine what KC's insight will be on this.
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I can't imagine how, but then again I can't imagine what KC's insight will be on this.
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Maybe you picked up the Queen
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We ran into a swarm once.....big sticky mess to clean!!
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I also have hit a swarm of bees with the bus,it sounded like gravel hitting the windsheild and it completely covered both sides.
It was a real sticky mess as Nancy says.
I was just glad i was not riding a motorcycle!
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I had a trucker friend of mine who drove flatbed, his favorite loads to take or bees. He never did explain why. He had to drive at night or the bees would fly away. He can only drive at 40 miles an hour in case they did fly out and they had to be kept at a specific temperature or they would die. But he would put his name in the hat every year to get the loads of bees.
I'm sure it has to do with something about paying by the hour instead of paying by the mile
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There is a bee keeper near-by that I have known for years. Each fall, after all the plants around her are finished, he ships his bees out west. They bring a semi tractor and trailer and load them up. I is cost effective because as I understand it, this helps the orchards, nurseries, farmers and what ever out there and they pay for the service his bees provide. Then in the spring back they come. He makes a decent living out of it. He's not rich, but that is all he does and he practically has the whole winter off. Not a bad gig.
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Too bad about that
Those were migratory bee colonies on their way to pollinate fruits nuts and veggies
More than likely the queen was SOW
Smashed on Windshield
If you slowed down or stopped long enough some of the workers would have followed the queen anywhere.
No need to fear swarming bees
The will not sting because the have nothing to defend, ( the hive ).
I've been a beekeeper since age 10
Had 97 colonies once when I was trying to go commercial
Then in the Governments finite wisdom it stopped supporting the most important and least funded sector in agriculture
As we speak the bee population is foundering
Once their gone so is 1/3 to 1/2 of all veggies and fruits we eat
If you don't bother bees they won't bother you
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Ran into the same problem today near Needles, CA going East on I-40. Two trailer loads of hives beside the road with the keeper using a smoker. Must have hit a couple of dozen as we passed.
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