More Bad Bees

Following yesterday’s post on thieving Bumble-bees, it has been brought to my attention that Bumble-bees’ degenerate behaviour does not stop at nectar larceny – the bee-equivalent of shoplifting a four pack of lager from the local corner shop.

It gets worse. They have been seen imbibing quantities of cheap high-strength neonicotinoid pesticide. Ignoring the label which clearly states “Not for consumption by bees” these feckless Bumble Bees become highly intoxicated, start picking fights with the local Mason bees and then complain when they can’t find their way back to their nests.

When questioned by journalists (from the Bee BC) the bumble bees claimed they “didn’t know” the neonics were bad for them and that “they tasted nice”.

They should take some responsibility for their actions.

I also hear from UKIP that those defenders of the natural world Natural England are taking action against immigrant bumble-bees. According to their website, bumble bees from “Continental Europe” are coming over here, working in low paid agricultural jobs pollinating polytunnel crops. Jobs which could be taken by our own native bumble-bees if they got off their abdomens, stopped nicking nectar and drinking intoxicating neonics.

Get back to work Bees.

About Miles King

UK conservation professional, writing about nature, politics, life. All views are my own and not my employers. I don't write on behalf of anybody else.
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