Posted by: ~KC~ | July 2, 2008

A Stingy Situation… Oye!!!

Where’s my EpiPen?


A Trans-Canada highway was closed for several hours after a flatbed delivery truck rolled while carrying 330 crates of honey bees, releasing 12 million ANGRY honey bees into the area, in New Brunswick.


… the ordeal that occurred on a return trip to Ontario after they were used to pollinate blueberry fields in the province…


Many of the crates – each containing four hives – broke open on impact.


“With the impact they just went crazy,” said beekeeper Edmond Bellefleur, who drove from his home in nearby Drummond to have a look.


“The ones that were able to get out, did get out. You could see some others sticking to the hives, but once they started to open the netting and unpacking the hives … then they really started to fly, and they got nasty.”


Strong said a number of people were stung, including a reporter 15 times. Emergency personnel, including paramedics and ambulances, were kept on standby.


No one had to be hospitalized.


“There can be quite a serious health concern,” Strong said. “Many people are allergic to bees and even if they’re not, multiple bee stings can be quite serious.”


Apparently – bees don’t like to fly in the rain – it had been raining earlier that day, which contributed to the containment of the bees.  But I have no clue how does one go about ‘rounding-up’ 12 million honeybees.  Seven beekeepers were called in to painfully help round them up – I imagine it not quite being like a sheep/cattle herder … not quite, I’m pretty sure.


…honeybees generally won’t sting unless they’re being bothered.


“It’s certainly not a situation where you want to tempt problems,” said Duplain, adding honeybees die once they sting someone.


“Like a field with any agitated livestock, you’re not going to go walking through the middle of it. You certainly don’t want to go walking through a field of disoriented, agitated and wet honeybees.”


Duplain said the bees would have likely died if they had dispersed into the countryside.


“Weather conditions, birds and so forth would take a toll on the unprotected bees,” said Duplain, a beekeeper in Hanwell, N.B., for the past three years.


“They don’t create their own paper nest like wasps or hornets or bumblebees. They’re pretty much at risk to the elements if they’re not under the care and attention of an experienced.


Here and Here to read more about it.



  1. Good Lord! Maybe some of those annoyed bees that were invading my campsite were escapees from New Brunswick! 😉

  2. The scary part for me, in this type of a situation, would be that I’ve never been stung. Who knows if I’m allergic?

    I say this as a rescue worker, who would be horrified if this situation happened near me.

  3. @ RC – I suppose in this case the situation was being monitored by the paramedics – so I believe you would be fine – should such a case ever come to be again!!! It was such a ‘freak’ story that I had to share it!!!

    @ Elizabeth… who knows? Maybe a few rogue bees were just waiting for their escape – I mean come on… who doesn’t want to be in California????

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