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Bee stings / Jersey color(7 posts)

Bee stings / Jersey colorMg1
Aug 18, 2003 6:50 AM
Any entomologists out there that can make sense of this?
This summer, I bought a bright yellow jersey for its high visibility. I am starting to believe that it is a bee magnet as I have been stung several times while wearing it. They fly right into my jersey and start stinging. I have also noticed bees changing course to head straight at me, and have had several bounce off my helmet and arms.

I've been biking for 20+ years and in that time I have been stung maybe 15 times, 8 of those this year with the yellow jersey. Is this just a strange coincidence? Maybe this is a bad year for bees? Or is it because I look like the mother of all flowers with my bright yellow jersey?
They probably think you're the queenCHRoadie
Aug 18, 2003 7:24 AM
Then get ticked when they realize they've been fooled. :-)
If jersey says Credit Lyonais, you deserve it!dzrider
Aug 18, 2003 7:26 AM
Just a joke. I got stung last week but can't remember what jersey I was wearing and I do own a yellow one. I saw it coming and tried to duck so it would hit my helmet, but it got me on my jaw, just in front of my ear. I fell your pain.
Red not attractive to bees...wspokes
Aug 18, 2003 7:27 AM
I read recently somewhere about colors that attract bees. Yellow and orange are very popular and attractive colors for bees. RED is NOT. Red doesn't give off the same attractive ultra-violet rays as the other colors and therefore is not as attractive. Now, myself. I have always been a dull color wearer! I can tell you that about 6 years ago I was stung while wearing a yellow jersey...I guess this is one of the disadvantages for being a race leader!?!
Bees are out in full forcegsgal
Aug 18, 2003 8:47 AM
The other day, a bumble bee/hornet got me right in the neck. it hurt like crazy, but i kept riding for about ten more minutes, thinking it would go away. i finally stopped. it turned out i had been riding for that ten minutes with a stinger still in my neck. that stinger was the size of a rose thorn so it wasn't just a bee.

after i pulled it out i started to get really dizzy and out of breath and i started to wobble. i was sure i was going to pass out. i had to set my bike down and sit. right then, this man comes up and sees that something is going on because my bike is on the ground and i'm holding my neck. it turns out he is a respiratory therapist. what luck for me! that man really helped me out. he helped me calm down my breathing and sat there with me and talked to distract me so i wouldn't panic.

pardon getting all religious on you, but this is my "God works in crazy ways" story.

so, bees/hornets/wasps like lavendar jerseys too!
You were very fortunate indeed!Live Steam
Aug 18, 2003 2:15 PM
I was stung about 20+ years ago while playing a pickup game of soccer at a nearby field. I didn't think much of it either and continued to pay for a few more minutes. We finish playing and my buddy drove me home to my folks house - about a 3 minute trip. He looked at me in amazement as I turned all sorts of shades of red right before his eyes. As I exited the car, my legs were a bit wobbly. He helped me into the house where he proceeded to tell my Dad what happened. My Dad thought pretty quickly and literally dragged me to the neighbors house - he is an allergist. Well it seems I had a sever allergic reaction to the sting and was quite near death. The doc gave me a few shots of epinephrine to counteract the anaphylactic shock I was apparently in. I was as sick as a dog for the next 20 hours or so.

Almost bought the farm there at 20 years old from a bee sting. The moral here is don't take a sting too lightly and make sure you are OK before proceeding. Each type of stinging insect has a different venom. You may be allergic to a wasp, but not a yellow jacket or any combination thereof. You were pretty lucky you didn't need more emergency attention than you did.
Dark color=bearSpoiler
Aug 18, 2003 10:03 AM
Here in Arizona, killer bee attacks happen often. We're told that fast-moving, dark colors trigger swarm attacks. Bees identify you as a bear or other honey-seeking animal.

Garbage men are getting stung all the time because they're slinging around dark, plastic garbage bags.