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(Gothamist)   As predicted, hipster beekeeping in Brooklyn is not making friends in the neighborhood, especially when the bees aren't properly secured   (gothamist.com) divider line 78
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2014-06-12 06:41:22 PM  
Hipster beekeeping?

What, do the bees go around saying they liked the hive better before it got all gentrified? Are they wearing tiny ironic T-shirts and dad jeans? Do they make fixie bikes that small?
 
2014-06-12 06:49:53 PM  

GreenAdder: Hipster beekeeping?

What, do the bees go around saying they liked the hive better before it got all gentrified? Are they wearing tiny ironic T-shirts and dad jeans? Do they make fixie bikes that small?


They pull nectar from a flower you've probably never heard of.
 
2014-06-12 06:59:30 PM  
Bees work best when not secured.
 
2014-06-12 07:09:42 PM  

Makh: Bees work best when not secured.


I don't know, insecure bees would probably make a lot of errors. They would be asking a lot questions and not very self motivated.
 
2014-06-12 07:32:51 PM  
Hey, you try tying all those tiny leashes around the little bastards.
 
2014-06-12 08:02:10 PM  

Makh: Bees work best when not secured.



Those little bee lassoes are kind of cute, though.
 
2014-06-12 08:02:26 PM  
www.saferinternetday.org
 
2014-06-12 08:04:20 PM  
"Not sure if they are sick, or confused, but they are not aggressive. They move slowly and almost act as if they're drunk."

Leaving the hive at night and acting drunk, either she has zombees or sailer bees.

In all seriousness her hive is infected
 
2014-06-12 08:07:00 PM  
Just have someone from the Thieves Guild burn them.
 
2014-06-12 08:07:30 PM  
Its all for the best, my investment in ALK (maker of epi pens) is paying off handsomely
 
2014-06-12 08:11:58 PM  

my big toe itches: "Not sure if they are sick, or confused, but they are not aggressive. They move slowly and almost act as if they're drunk."


The bees or the hipsters?
 
2014-06-12 08:13:49 PM  

GreenAdder: my big toe itches: "Not sure if they are sick, or confused, but they are not aggressive. They move slowly and almost act as if they're drunk."

The bees or the hipsters?


both
 
2014-06-12 08:14:11 PM  
Came for wicker man references Leaving disappointed.
 
2014-06-12 08:19:04 PM  
A jar full of honey produced by bees sucking the sugar out of discarded bubble gum and half empty star bucks frappacino cups sounds delicious and very artisinal.
 
2014-06-12 08:20:37 PM  
Few bees or not few bees, that is the question!
 
2014-06-12 08:26:30 PM  
A: Why is any trend suddenly a farking "hipster" thing? This is getting really old. I guess subby doesn't realize that people kept bees a few years before 2000... This "blame everything on hipsters" shiat is worn out...

B: You can't "secure" bees, subby. By their nature, they fly around and roam, so anybody who says the bees are "escaping" is mentally deficient. You think you can crate train bees or something.

C: Bees live in New York, just like they live elsewhere, so it's not like these "hipsters" introduced something brand new to the environment.
 
2014-06-12 08:27:59 PM  
Photo of one of the suspects taken at a midtown comedy venue:

www.childsimagination.com
 
2014-06-12 08:28:31 PM  
Always leash your bees.

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-06-12 08:29:15 PM  
Oh my goodness. Two bees in his apartment(!)?

Call out the national guard.
 
2014-06-12 08:30:33 PM  

my big toe itches: "Not sure if they are sick, or confused, but they are not aggressive. They move slowly and almost act as if they're drunk."
Leaving the hive at night and acting drunk, either she has zombees or sailer bees.
In all seriousness her hive is infected

Neonicotinoid insecticides act as neurotoxic agents and affect the mobility of bees by inducing symptoms such as knockdown, trembling, uncoordinated movements, hyperactivity and tremors (Lambin et al. 2001; Nauen et al. 2001; Suchail et al. 2001; Medrzycki et al. 2003; Colin et al. 2004). These symptoms are easy to observe at high exposure levels, while the effect of a lower dose might be more difficult to see.

 
2014-06-12 08:31:17 PM  

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Could they Bee anymore unsecured?

 
2014-06-12 08:33:57 PM  

cryinoutloud: my big toe itches: "Not sure if they are sick, or confused, but they are not aggressive. They move slowly and almost act as if they're drunk."
Leaving the hive at night and acting drunk, either she has zombees or sailer bees.
In all seriousness her hive is infected

Neonicotinoid insecticides act as neurotoxic agents and affect the mobility of bees by inducing symptoms such as knockdown, trembling, uncoordinated movements, hyperactivity and tremors (Lambin et al. 2001; Nauen et al. 2001; Suchail et al. 2001; Medrzycki et al. 2003; Colin et al. 2004). These symptoms are easy to observe at high exposure levels, while the effect of a lower dose might be more difficult to see.


Because Brooklyn is well known for its acres upon acres of corn and wheat.
 
2014-06-12 08:35:24 PM  

soupafi: Came for wicker man references Leaving disappointed.


Wicker Man references in the article itself.
 
2014-06-12 08:36:32 PM  
Is this wretched demi-bee
Half asleep upon my knee
Some freak from a menagerie?
No! It's Eric, the half a bee
 
2014-06-12 08:37:25 PM  
Hundreds of bees can be found buzzing around each building's outdoor lights, and crawling across the sidewalk.


If you want the bees to keep humming, you'd better C♯  or they'll B♭ .
 
2014-06-12 08:37:30 PM  

cryinoutloud: my big toe itches: "Not sure if they are sick, or confused, but they are not aggressive. They move slowly and almost act as if they're drunk."
Leaving the hive at night and acting drunk, either she has zombees or sailer bees.
In all seriousness her hive is infected

Neonicotinoid insecticides act as neurotoxic agents and affect the mobility of bees by inducing symptoms such as knockdown, trembling, uncoordinated movements, hyperactivity and tremors (Lambin et al. 2001; Nauen et al. 2001; Suchail et al. 2001; Medrzycki et al. 2003; Colin et al. 2004). These symptoms are easy to observe at high exposure levels, while the effect of a lower dose might be more difficult to see.


ZomBees are honey bees that have been parasitized by the zombie fly, Apocephalus borealis. Fly-parasitized honey bees are called "zombees" because they show the "zombie-like behavior" of leaving their hives at night in a disoriented state.  
http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/citizen-science/zombee-w at ch/identifying-zombees ;
 
2014-06-12 08:39:17 PM  

phalamir: Because Brooklyn is well known for its acres upon acres of corn and wheat.


Neither of which are pollinated by bees.
 
2014-06-12 08:39:21 PM  
The hipster bees motto?

www.killthehydra.com
 
2014-06-12 08:42:04 PM  
Beads?
 
2014-06-12 08:42:39 PM  

Mikey1969: A: Why is any trend suddenly a farking "hipster" thing? This is getting really old. I guess subby doesn't realize that people kept bees a few years before 2000... This "blame everything on hipsters" shiat is worn out...


Well, it was illegal in New York before 2010.  And it's exactly the sort of thing that fits the hipster ethos.  Locally-produced honey... in the city! 

B: You can't "secure" bees, subby. By their nature, they fly around and roam, so anybody who says the bees are "escaping" is mentally deficient. You think you can crate train bees or something.

I concur.  Stupid headline is stupid.

C: Bees live in New York, just like they live elsewhere, so it's not like these "hipsters" introduced something brand new to the environment.

Not really, no.  Without natural expanses of pollen-laden flowers, it's unlikely you'll find a beehive that isn't intentionally maintained, in the city.
 
2014-06-12 08:43:19 PM  
On that same subject: one of the things that annoyed me most about the black oil/evil bee/alien hunter story arc of "The X-Files" is that corn is wind pollinated, which means that the whole elaborate alien-infecting Jiffy-Pop bee vector concept was completely ridiculous from the get-go.

I mean, sure, all sci-fi takes some suspension of disbelief, but to fark up that basic detail is kinda clownshoes. I'm looking at you, Chris Carter.

/This rant not a repeat from 1998.
 
2014-06-12 08:43:30 PM  

haemaker: GreenAdder: Hipster beekeeping?

What, do the bees go around saying they liked the hive better before it got all gentrified? Are they wearing tiny ironic T-shirts and dad jeans? Do they make fixie bikes that small?

They pull nectar from a flower you've probably never heard of.


honeysuckle
 
2014-06-12 08:45:39 PM  

Mikey1969: A: Why is any trend suddenly a farking "hipster" thing? This is getting really old. I guess subby doesn't realize that people kept bees a few years before 2000... This "blame everything on hipsters" shiat is worn out...

B: You can't "secure" bees, subby. By their nature, they fly around and roam, so anybody who says the bees are "escaping" is mentally deficient. You think you can crate train bees or something.

C: Bees live in New York, just like they live elsewhere, so it's not like these "hipsters" introduced something brand new to the environment.


Ha! A Brooklyn savvy individual will create a crate just for the training of the bees that you aren't cool enough to recognize.
 
2014-06-12 08:46:12 PM  

phalamir: Because Brooklyn is well known for its acres upon acres of corn and wheat.


It's probably well-known for its yards and yards of carefully-tended, sprayed plants and flowers, though. Or is Brooklyn a dump? I wouldn't know.

my big toe itches: ZomBees are honey bees that have been parasitized by the zombie fly, Apocephalus borealis. Fly-parasitized honey bees are called "zombees" because they show the "zombie-like behavior" of leaving their hives at night in a disoriented state.


I have seen these bees. And now I know they are the undead.
 
2014-06-12 08:46:36 PM  

theorellior: phalamir: Because Brooklyn is well known for its acres upon acres of corn and wheat.

Neither of which are pollinated by bees.


Well then, change it to acres and acres of any commercial crop that bees do pollinate.  A bee might get 11 miles from the hive.  Maybe.  So unless they are cropdusting Brooklyn like they are bombing Dresden, I would like to know how these bees are soaking up high concentrations of commercial pesticides (notes the quoted passage said high doses result in noticeable effects, not sniffing around Granny O'Malley's pansies).
 
2014-06-12 08:50:53 PM  
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2014-06-12 08:52:52 PM  
lindseyp: ...  Without natural expanses of pollen-laden flowers, it's unlikely you'll find a beehive that isn't intentionally maintained, in the city.

Cities are wonderful places for bees, there are flowers, and even better, flowering trees everywhere.

Honeybees don't fly at night. Either there's something very wrong with the bees in that article, or people are mistaking something else for them.

I keep bees and get several calls a year to come and get "honeybee swarms". I've learned to have them text me a pic, because the "honeybees" are almost always yellow jackets.
 
2014-06-12 08:59:37 PM  
who predicted this?
 
2014-06-12 09:16:56 PM  
I dont always tend bees, but when i tend bees, they become zombies and terrorize a ten mile radius
 
2014-06-12 09:18:50 PM  
I bet the bees all have their stingers fashioned into single sided handle-bar mustache.
 
2014-06-12 09:20:19 PM  

phalamir: theorellior: phalamir: Because Brooklyn is well known for its acres upon acres of corn and wheat.

Neither of which are pollinated by bees.

Well then, change it to acres and acres of any commercial crop that bees do pollinate.  A bee might get 11 miles from the hive.  Maybe.  So unless they are cropdusting Brooklyn like they are bombing Dresden, I would like to know how these bees are soaking up high concentrations of commercial pesticides (notes the quoted passage said high doses result in noticeable effects, not sniffing around Granny O'Malley's pansies).


Lulzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2014-06-12 09:27:21 PM  

lindseyp: Mikey1969: A: Why is any trend suddenly a farking "hipster" thing? This is getting really old. I guess subby doesn't realize that people kept bees a few years before 2000... This "blame everything on hipsters" shiat is worn out...

Well, it was illegal in New York before 2010.  And it's exactly the sort of thing that fits the hipster ethos.  Locally-produced honey... in the city! 

B: You can't "secure" bees, subby. By their nature, they fly around and roam, so anybody who says the bees are "escaping" is mentally deficient. You think you can crate train bees or something.

I concur.  Stupid headline is stupid.

C: Bees live in New York, just like they live elsewhere, so it's not like these "hipsters" introduced something brand new to the environment.

Not really, no.  Without natural expanses of pollen-laden flowers, it's unlikely you'll find a beehive that isn't intentionally maintained, in the city.


Maybe not a lot of bees, but they're there or else those lifelong New Yorkers who pride themselves on never leaving the city would know what one was... :-)
 
2014-06-12 09:36:13 PM  
How does one "secure bees," exactly?
 
2014-06-12 09:38:41 PM  

Mikey1969: I guess subby doesn't realize that people kept bees a few years before 2000...


So, what you are saying is that those people kept bees before bee-keeping was cool? ;)
 
2014-06-12 09:41:19 PM  

The Homer Tax: How does one "secure bees," exactly?


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Bee locks.
 
2014-06-12 09:47:02 PM  
My brother had a hive in a fairly densely populated area. No one had any problems until a couple of the local juvenile delinquents tipped the hive over. 160,000 pissed off bees will ruin your whole day. Too bad the little bastards weren't stung to death since they grew up to be even worse adults. They're probably in politics or on Wall Street now (yes, I know there's no difference). They never farked with the hive again, at least.

/I think think the bees recognized the smell of my brother and me. I think I got stung twice in a year. When other people where there when we opened the hive they'd be all over them, but they'd just fly past my brother and I. I think they recognized at some chemical level in their little bee brains we weren't a threat.
 
2014-06-12 10:02:16 PM  

Mikey1969: A: Why is any trend suddenly a farking "hipster" thing? This is getting really old. I guess subby doesn't realize that people kept bees a few years before 2000... This "blame everything on hipsters" shiat is worn out...

B: You can't "secure" bees, subby. By their nature, they fly around and roam, so anybody who says the bees are "escaping" is mentally deficient. You think you can crate train bees or something.

C: Bees live in New York, just like they live elsewhere, so it's not like these "hipsters" introduced something brand new to the environment.


Mark of the hipster:
1. indignant at the attention drawn by something out of the ordinary
2. humorless about the concept of hipsterism
 
2014-06-12 10:17:26 PM  
Bee-tniks?
 
2014-06-12 10:31:18 PM  

Oblio13: lindseyp: ...  Without natural expanses of pollen-laden flowers, it's unlikely you'll find a beehive that isn't intentionally maintained, in the city.

Cities are wonderful places for bees, there are flowers, and even better, flowering trees everywhere.

Honeybees don't fly at night. Either there's something very wrong with the bees in that article, or people are mistaking something else for them.

I keep bees and get several calls a year to come and get "honeybee swarms". I've learned to have them text me a pic, because the "honeybees" are almost always yellow jackets.


Pretty hard not to notice the difference.
/you sound hipster?
 
2014-06-12 10:33:03 PM  

GreenAdder: Hipster beekeeping?

What, do the bees go around saying they liked the hive better before it got all gentrified? Are they wearing tiny ironic T-shirts and dad jeans? Do they make fixie bikes that small?


Dad jeans?
 
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