A news article about a freeway closing in California caught my eye the other day and I thought I ask you folks for help figuring out part of the story. It seems that a truck loaded with bees bound for Washington state overturned and closed the major highway for several hours.
The accident responders had to deal with being stung as they tried to upright the truck and help the injured driver. Police and rubberneckers got attacked as millions of bees swarmed around their former home on the truck.
Now in case you don't know it yet, bees are shipped all over the country to help pollinate crops. Some areas have seen their bee populations disappear for no apparent reason, so some enterprising folks came up with the idea of renting bee colonies to growers in these areas. It often means the difference between a viable operation and having a going out of business auction for the growers renting one of natures best pollen spreaders.
The article reported that local bee wranglers showed up to help recover the stinging insects, so my question to you is...what EXACTY does a bee wrangler do? Do they chum with honey? Fly around in ultra light aircraft and herd the bees home? How about an army of folks with nets capturing them to be placed in special bee containers? Maybe they just run around waving their arms to scare the bees home? Maybe the wranglers use teenie lasso's and are real good? And for that matter, do the bees consider a hive on the back of a truck their home anyway, or perhaps did most of them exclaim "We're Free!", and flew the coop... er... I mean hive?