bee disasterA truckload of bee hives overturns in California:

“A big rig loaded with 440 colonies …. populated by 8 million bees flipped over onto its side on the onramp to northbound 99, scattering countless numbers of the valuable insects.

Traffic on 99 wasn’t affected, but the ramp was closed from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. as bees were gathered and loaded onto two other trucks. Emergency crews hauled away the wrecked truck, and a state Department of Transportation crew swept up the dead bees.

“Things were pretty messed up there for a while,” said Jesse Young of Sacramento, a 66-year-old former beekeeper who was called to the scene by the California Highway Patrol to help corral the little varmints.”

“Little Varmits”???? How about “Angels of Agriculture”?


Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. I love how Bee Truck Accident photos are always taken from what looks like 6 miles away through some sort of telescope. Or at least a 600mm telephoto.

  2. I wish they had given an estimate for how many bees were actually lost.

  3. Yeah, I haven’t found much follow up coverage–it’s all just from the day of the crash.

  4. Pobrecitas!

    Were it chickens or cattle they would still be calling them “varmints”, methinks. Although it would be nice if people referred to hive bees AS “livestock”.


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