|The dangedest thing that ever happened to me on a bike||terry b|
May 16, 2003 6:20 PM
|I went out for a maintenance shakedown cruise tonight and after one stop to adjust my seat and a second to pull a drywall nail out of my rear tire I somehow managed to ride through a swarm of bees.
It was too late to dodge - really didn't see it until I was upon them at 19 mph. Very weird - they were bouncing off me like hail (no southern pun intended) and after I passed through the main mess of them, individuals continued to bounce off my glasses and helmet for another 1/4 mile. I suppose I was lucky they didn't feel compelled to come after me.
|maybe you rode past their hive?||theBreeze|
May 16, 2003 7:38 PM
|If I remember right you live around Albuquerque. Maybe they had a hive in some big ol' cottonwood near your route. Any fruit trees blooming down there this late?
You riding the Santa Fe Century Sunday?
(livin' somewhere north o' you.)
|no hive||terry b|
May 16, 2003 7:46 PM
|no, I think they were doing that thing we've all seen on the news - swarming around a displaced queen. they were in a neighborhood hanging out by a cable TV box - nothing as romantic as a cottonwood.
will be doing the SF century - I hope the weather is better than it's been. You?
May 17, 2003 5:41 AM
|Yep, it sounds like they were swarming. Fortunately for you, honey bees are quite docile when swarming. You can actually "capture" a swarm with bare hands, that is, you find the queen in the midst of the swarm and place her inside an empty hive/super. The rest of the swarm will eventually end up in their new home.