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  • Planar
    Good day to everyone, I am not a beekeeper but I thought my question shall be directed here as you guys are bee specialists: :). I have been attacked by bees
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 30, 2007
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      Good day to everyone,

      I am not a beekeeper but I thought my question shall be directed here
      as you guys are "bee specialists: :). I have been attacked by bees and
      I am struggling to see why. If anyone can suggest a logical
      explanation I would be greatful as I want to avoid future attacks.

      A few months ago I was rockclimbing with my girlfriend in a crag
      located near beehives (about 100m away). We have been there numerous
      times in the past without ever facing any problems from the bees. I
      barely noticed them till then.

      That particular day while I was preparing for a climb when I was
      fiercly been attacked by a bee. I have been stung by bees in the past
      by accident but it was nothing like this.
      The insect seemed frenzied, flying faster than normally and litteraly
      hitting my face and flying away several times before it finally
      managed to sting me.I have never seen this before!

      A few seconds later I was attacked by more bees. Fortunately my car
      was parked nearby and I managed to escape with only 4 stings.

      The weird is that the bees seemed to completely ignore my girlfriend!
      See was watching them in amazement to chase me but they never bothered
      with her presence. She even managed to pack our stuff with no problem
      while I was locked in the car which was surrounded by bees :)

      To the best of my knowledge I did nothing to provoke that attack.
      Anyone got any idea what might have caused it? I don't want to get
      caught in the middle of a climb surrounded by bees with no escape route!!!

      Interesting note: I have climbed near beehives several times since
      then without a problem. But to be honest I don't feel as comfortable
      as before the attack...

      Someone suggested my scent provoked the attack but if that is so why I
      have not been attacked again?
      Could it be that I was wearing a bright red t-shirt that particular day?

      thanks
      george
    • Ozarkhighlands
      Bees do not like certain smells ...and adreneline works them up. Also certain shampoos, deodrants, aftershaves etc will set them off. Quite possibly your
      Message 2 of 6 , Mar 30, 2007
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        Bees do not like certain smells ...and adreneline works them up.   Also certain shampoos, deodrants, aftershaves etc will set them off.   Quite possibly your sweat even could be something that attracts them.   Many think they can also smell fear (which makes sense to me).
         
        There does seem to be something about colors.   Light colors tend to do better with bees, dark colors seem to invite more agression.   I just read a report in a bee magazine that said they determined light colored screen on veils (worn by beekeepers) attracted less African bees than the dark ones did.  
         
         
         
        LaRae
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Planar
        Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:16 AM
        Subject: [Beekeeping] Bee attack!

        Good day to everyone,

        I am not a beekeeper but I thought my question shall be directed here
        as you guys are "bee specialists: :). I have been attacked by bees and
        I am struggling to see why. If anyone can suggest a logical
        explanation I would be greatful as I want to avoid future attacks.

        A few months ago I was rockclimbing with my girlfriend in a crag
        located near beehives (about 100m away). We have been there numerous
        times in the past without ever facing any problems from the bees. I
        barely noticed them till then.

        That particular day while I was preparing for a climb when I was
        fiercly been attacked by a bee. I have been stung by bees in the past
        by accident but it was nothing like this.
        The insect seemed frenzied, flying faster than normally and litteraly
        hitting my face and flying away several times before it finally
        managed to sting me.I have never seen this before!

        A few seconds later I was attacked by more bees. Fortunately my car
        was parked nearby and I managed to escape with only 4 stings.

        The weird is that the bees seemed to completely ignore my girlfriend!
        See was watching them in amazement to chase me but they never bothered
        with her presence. She even managed to pack our stuff with no problem
        while I was locked in the car which was surrounded by bees :)

        To the best of my knowledge I did nothing to provoke that attack.
        Anyone got any idea what might have caused it? I don't want to get
        caught in the middle of a climb surrounded by bees with no escape route!!!

        Interesting note: I have climbed near beehives several times since
        then without a problem. But to be honest I don't feel as comfortable
        as before the attack...

        Someone suggested my scent provoked the attack but if that is so why I
        have not been attacked again?
        Could it be that I was wearing a bright red t-shirt that particular day?

        thanks
        george

      • kgbenson@sc.rr.com
        ... From: Planar ... Those are the warning shots. ... I suspect there may have been a colony near to where you were and you were
        Message 3 of 6 , Mar 30, 2007
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          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Planar <g.chaziris@...>
          >?litteraly
          > hitting my face and flying away several times

          Those are the warning shots.

          > before it finally
          > managed to sting me.I have never seen this before!
          >
          > A few seconds later I was attacked by more bees.

          I suspect there may have been a colony near to where you were and you
          were irritating the guards somehow. The first one not only stung you,
          but left behind a pheromone that marked you as the target. Bees can
          indeed be very scent sensitive. Perhaps you were wearing an
          aftershave, colone, deodorant that she didn't appreciate.

          I doubt it was the shirt.

          Keith
        • Kellie Hathaway
          George, I m sure others will have additional info/opinions but mine is that you might have unknowingly aggravated the first one - once you get stung by one
          Message 4 of 6 , Mar 30, 2007
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            George,

            I'm sure others will have additional info/opinions but mine is that you
            might have unknowingly aggravated the first one - once you get stung by one
            honey bee it releases a pheromone alerting the other bees, hence the
            onslaught of many (I'm guessing). Your girlfriend was probably unaffected
            because she did not have the pheromone on her.

            As far as why the first bee stung you? In general bees tend to dislike dark
            colors, leathers and strong odors - especially musky or body-odors. Maybe
            you had a scent oil, cologne, after-shave or something that day too? You
            may have also unknowingly stepped/squished another bee which alerted the
            others.

            Also, not knowing how familiar you are with bees - but if it was the same
            one who stung you several times then it wasn't a honey bee, it was a
            wasp/hornet which can sting endlessly without dying and are typically much
            more aggressive than honey bees.

            -----Original Message-----
            From: beekeeping@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beekeeping@yahoogroups.com]On
            Behalf Of Planar
            Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 6:17 AM
            To: beekeeping@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [Beekeeping] Bee attack!


            Good day to everyone,

            I am not a beekeeper but I thought my question shall be directed here
            as you guys are "bee specialists: :). I have been attacked by bees and
            I am struggling to see why. If anyone can suggest a logical
            explanation I would be greatful as I want to avoid future attacks.

            A few months ago I was rockclimbing with my girlfriend in a crag
            located near beehives (about 100m away). We have been there numerous
            times in the past without ever facing any problems from the bees. I
            barely noticed them till then.

            That particular day while I was preparing for a climb when I was
            fiercly been attacked by a bee. I have been stung by bees in the past
            by accident but it was nothing like this.
            The insect seemed frenzied, flying faster than normally and litteraly
            hitting my face and flying away several times before it finally
            managed to sting me.I have never seen this before!

            A few seconds later I was attacked by more bees. Fortunately my car
            was parked nearby and I managed to escape with only 4 stings.

            The weird is that the bees seemed to completely ignore my girlfriend!
            See was watching them in amazement to chase me but they never bothered
            with her presence. She even managed to pack our stuff with no problem
            while I was locked in the car which was surrounded by bees :)

            To the best of my knowledge I did nothing to provoke that attack.
            Anyone got any idea what might have caused it? I don't want to get
            caught in the middle of a climb surrounded by bees with no escape route!!!

            Interesting note: I have climbed near beehives several times since
            then without a problem. But to be honest I don't feel as comfortable
            as before the attack...

            Someone suggested my scent provoked the attack but if that is so why I
            have not been attacked again?
            Could it be that I was wearing a bright red t-shirt that particular day?

            thanks
            george






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          • David O.
            What area are you in? If you are in an Africanized honey bee (AFB) area, they might be AFBs. The get agitated much more easily than the European honey bees.
            Message 5 of 6 , Mar 31, 2007
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              What area are you in? If you are in an Africanized honey bee (AFB)
              area, they might be AFBs. The get agitated much more easily than the
              European honey bees.

              --- In beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, "Planar" <g.chaziris@...> wrote:
              >
              > Good day to everyone,
              >
              > I am not a beekeeper but I thought my question shall be directed
              here
              > as you guys are "bee specialists: :). I have been attacked by bees
              and
              > I am struggling to see why. If anyone can suggest a logical
              > explanation I would be greatful as I want to avoid future attacks.
              >
              > A few months ago I was rockclimbing with my girlfriend in a crag
              > located near beehives (about 100m away). We have been there numerous
              > times in the past without ever facing any problems from the bees. I
              > barely noticed them till then.
              >
              > That particular day while I was preparing for a climb when I was
              > fiercly been attacked by a bee. I have been stung by bees in the
              past
              > by accident but it was nothing like this.
              > The insect seemed frenzied, flying faster than normally and
              litteraly
              > hitting my face and flying away several times before it finally
              > managed to sting me.I have never seen this before!
              >
              > A few seconds later I was attacked by more bees. Fortunately my car
              > was parked nearby and I managed to escape with only 4 stings.
              >
              > The weird is that the bees seemed to completely ignore my
              girlfriend!
              > See was watching them in amazement to chase me but they never
              bothered
              > with her presence. She even managed to pack our stuff with no
              problem
              > while I was locked in the car which was surrounded by bees :)
              >
              > To the best of my knowledge I did nothing to provoke that attack.
              > Anyone got any idea what might have caused it? I don't want to get
              > caught in the middle of a climb surrounded by bees with no escape
              route!!!
              >
              > Interesting note: I have climbed near beehives several times since
              > then without a problem. But to be honest I don't feel as comfortable
              > as before the attack...
              >
              > Someone suggested my scent provoked the attack but if that is so
              why I
              > have not been attacked again?
              > Could it be that I was wearing a bright red t-shirt that particular
              day?
              >
              > thanks
              > george
              >
            • Planar
              Hello and thanks for all the replies I live in Athens, Greece, I have never heard about African Bees here but then I am not entirely sure. The area we have
              Message 6 of 6 , Apr 1, 2007
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                Hello and thanks for all the replies

                I live in Athens, Greece, I have never heard about African Bees here
                but then I am not entirely sure. The area we have been climbing was
                surrounded by domestic(?) beehives, thats for sure.
                But then, most crags around Athens are surrounded by beehives and I
                have never faced problems before or after that day.

                From what you all suggested I tend to believe that I accidentaly
                killed a bee that day (mayde stepped on it?) and that provoked the
                attack. It could also be a scent but then I have not changed my
                aftershave since then and have never been attacked again...

                Another interesting fact I recalled after posting my first post is
                that our rope is colored like a wasp (bright yellow&black stripes).
                Could it be that my scent on the rope have cause the aggression? (I
                was already tied in to it when they attacked). Wasps have
                demonstarated a taste for that rope in the past (without being
                aggresive though)...

                thanks
                george



                --- In beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, "David O." <oberstadt@...> wrote:
                >
                > What area are you in? If you are in an Africanized honey bee (AFB)
                > area, they might be AFBs. The get agitated much more easily than the
                > European honey bees.
                >
                > --- In beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, "Planar" <g.chaziris@> wrote:
                > >
                > > Good day to everyone,
                > >
                > > I am not a beekeeper but I thought my question shall be directed
                > here
                > > as you guys are "bee specialists: :). I have been attacked by bees
                > and
                > > I am struggling to see why. If anyone can suggest a logical
                > > explanation I would be greatful as I want to avoid future attacks.
                > >
                > > A few months ago I was rockclimbing with my girlfriend in a crag
                > > located near beehives (about 100m away). We have been there numerous
                > > times in the past without ever facing any problems from the bees. I
                > > barely noticed them till then.
                > >
                > > That particular day while I was preparing for a climb when I was
                > > fiercly been attacked by a bee. I have been stung by bees in the
                > past
                > > by accident but it was nothing like this.
                > > The insect seemed frenzied, flying faster than normally and
                > litteraly
                > > hitting my face and flying away several times before it finally
                > > managed to sting me.I have never seen this before!
                > >
                > > A few seconds later I was attacked by more bees. Fortunately my car
                > > was parked nearby and I managed to escape with only 4 stings.
                > >
                > > The weird is that the bees seemed to completely ignore my
                > girlfriend!
                > > See was watching them in amazement to chase me but they never
                > bothered
                > > with her presence. She even managed to pack our stuff with no
                > problem
                > > while I was locked in the car which was surrounded by bees :)
                > >
                > > To the best of my knowledge I did nothing to provoke that attack.
                > > Anyone got any idea what might have caused it? I don't want to get
                > > caught in the middle of a climb surrounded by bees with no escape
                > route!!!
                > >
                > > Interesting note: I have climbed near beehives several times since
                > > then without a problem. But to be honest I don't feel as comfortable
                > > as before the attack...
                > >
                > > Someone suggested my scent provoked the attack but if that is so
                > why I
                > > have not been attacked again?
                > > Could it be that I was wearing a bright red t-shirt that particular
                > day?
                > >
                > > thanks
                > > george
                > >
                >
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