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Killer Bees in North California | High Sierra Backpacker

Killer Bees in North California

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 29 September 2015

‘Killer bees’ found in the Bay Area for the first time,
SF Gate, Sep 28, 2015.

We are going to have to develop "killer-bee safety plans" that address potentially dangerous interactions with "killer bees" on the trail. It's just a matter of time and more heating.

I've been present when bee colonies are in transit, when the whole hive is moving in the air, with a great mass of bees flying in a great pulsing sphere around their queen. Waves of scouts and soliders orbit the seething mass of the slow-moving ball, their density increasing as the ball approaches, lessening as it moves away.

First indications of change are noticing bees, then more bees, then the buzz of the ball. At that point my first tendency is to bolt, to run. I've always decided that that's not such a good idea. They are legion, fast, and excited. No need to give them something to think about. Those thoughts always induce me to "calm," or "chill" my way through. I figure the best way to induce good vibes with the bees is to enjoy the show. Bee migration is facinating.

As an aside, I've scouted out all avenues of escape, pathetic as they are, just in case the bees are not into being "appreciated" today. And now we must carefully consider all our options, especially that Northern California colonies have been touched by the Killer Gene, and be a bit hot-headed.

I figure I will be able to tell the difference when the scouts and soliders are not longer just excited and curious, but attack on first contact. I observe much more carefully for signs of aggression during initial contacts.

Bee News


Related Tidbits


April 10, 2017

Swarm of bees in Las Vegas kills dog, injures people not long after similar Ceres attack,
Sac Bee, April 8, 2017.



April 3

Swarm of bees kills dog, hurts 2 men in Ceres neighborhood,
SF Crate, April 3, 2017.




Aggressive Bees Swarm Concord Neighborhood; Pets Killed,
CBS SFBayArea, May 14, 2016.



Time and Space
Reference Point 


The bees reached Arizona in June of 1993

Top 10 Killer Bee Attacks in Arizona,
Phoenix New Times, October 10, 2014.



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