View Full Version : Do bees bother you?

03-16-2003, 03:08 PM
As the warm weather approaches, and starts to show it's face(long over due), it's BEE season!

Do bees bother you?
Are you allergic to bees?

What bees bother you more than others? Do any facinate you? Please share your stories if you have any.

To me, hornets, the most common bee in my area, do not bother me. I've grew up with them, and if you come barging into a location where one is wandering around, generally they'll fly away off into the distance. I myself have swat at plenty of them, along with alot of different people I know, and they fly away.

Yellow Jackets are in our area, but are not as common. These bees are unbelievably nasty. A friend of mine, while hanging out with me, had one GLUED to his shoulder stinging him repeatedly WHILE it was dying(he was spraying it with insect spray and it was still attacking him!). I guess we shouldn't have been stupid kids flinging mud at their nest. :D

I've never had any experiences with bumble bees, I've probably only seen 10 in my life.

Mud Daubers facinate me, and make me eerie at the same time. They are a form of wasp. And generally, there's 3 kinds of them. Black with highlights of blue, black with highlights of yellow, or all black. I've had 2 encounters that I can remember with all black Mud Daubers which is why I say they facinate and put me on edge at the same time. One time is when I was in our garage and I was going to leave the garage out the entrance for the car. One of these Mud Daubers was bumping up against the wall and when I got approximately 2-3 feet away from him, he swun around and hovered in place, gently, almost like he was dancing, moving back and forth in the motion of a door swinging on a hinge sort of curiously studying me. Another time, I was with my first g/f. We were sitting down, and one of these bees came up to me inches from my face, hover back and forth, then he flew away. THEN, he came back and did it again. This happened like 3-4 times before he finally stopped. I've never beens stung by one, and my research shows that they are a very quiet going bee.

They look similar to a dragon fly, and fly almost the same way. But, they're ugly -

03-16-2003, 03:28 PM
one time while playing paintball a bee or some bastard creature with a stinger got under my mask and stung me right under the eye. That sucked.

03-16-2003, 03:41 PM
Surely bee's and hornet's are completely different animals?

Bee's pollinate flowers and can only sting you once, they die in the process.

Wasp's, including hornets, are a pain in the arse and can sting several times.

03-16-2003, 03:47 PM
> Surely bee's and hornet's are completely different animals?
After a quick research, you have a point. But lets not stray from the discussion.

With that said, let's merge them, or pretend that wasps and bees are similar. Things that resemble bees. Flying stingers.

03-16-2003, 04:08 PM
Bee's and so forth - No, I encourage them into my garden.
Wasp's and so forth - Yes, I swat the little buggers.

03-16-2003, 04:13 PM
Me and an ex went skinny dipping in a lake behind my house once. For whatever reason i had left to water for a second and a yellow jacket stung my manlihood. I'll never skinny dip again, and i now hold a personal vendetta to anything with a stinger.

03-16-2003, 04:42 PM
>> a yellow jacket stung my manlihood
Wow, it actually found such a small target. :D

I dont mind bees, excpet when they start circling you. Ive only been stung once, while I was swating it.

//We really need quick reply here.

03-16-2003, 04:47 PM
>>Wow, it actually found such a small target.

Poor misguided method, i said MY mainhood, not YOUR mainhood :p

03-16-2003, 08:46 PM
Wasps/hornets/yellow jackets - yes, to a certain extent. If a wasp is just buzzing around me, I'll let it be...but if I feel that it's threatening me, or if it has a nest near me, then I'll move/kill it.

Yellow jackets suck...they're mean. We used to always have huge nests of them on our upstairs windows. Bleh...and when they used to make nests under the slide, we'd get stung like crazy.

Bees? Nope...not unless I plan on screwing with them (and I can't think of a sane moment in my life where I'd want to)

Along these lines, I absolutely can't stand Horse Flies....dear God I want to kill them all.

03-16-2003, 08:55 PM
> Bee's pollinate flowers and can only sting you once, they die in the process.
African killer bee.

"It is not necessary to disturb the hive itself to initiate an AHB attack. In fact, Africanized bees have been know to respond viciously to mundane occurrences, including noises or even vibrations from vehicles, equipment and pedestrians."

- Sure, they do look for sweets, and can only sting once, but hundreds of them at once makes up for that. :)

> I absolutely can't stand Horse Flies....dear God I want to kill them all.
Any particular reason?

03-16-2003, 09:11 PM
>>Any particular reason?

When they bite it's like 3/4 the power of a bee sting, but they do it over and over and over. Damn do I hate those things! ::shakes fist::

03-16-2003, 09:23 PM
i have been stung by been SEVERAL times, he worst time was when i stepped one one, (accidentaly ofcourse) and that bastard's sting hurt like a $$$$$, that left a mark unde the foot, i got two more "stamps" of bee sting onmy hands.....

and yes, i hate them...........actually i'm scared of em........

:( help!!!!!!

03-17-2003, 01:57 AM
A horse fly bite really can hurt. In central/southern Africa there is a bigger version called a Hippo fly, man, one of them takes a chunk out of you and the blood really flows, only thing to say positively about them, is they are not know to carry any disease, now Tsetse flies and damn mosquitoes...

03-17-2003, 03:52 AM
Is there a word for fear of wasps? Like somethingphobia, if so I have it. I turn into a big sissy when it comes to wasps. Even looking at that picture you posted made me feel uncomfortable!

03-17-2003, 03:58 AM
I would imagine it would be something like "vespulaphobia", vespula being the Linnaen name for the family of wasps.

*** EDIT ***

Bizarrely, I did a quick google and found that people with a fear of wasps have a patron saint!


*** EDIT again ***

I was wrong.

Spheksophobia: Fear of wasps.


Sexophobia? How very odd.

03-17-2003, 04:03 AM
I googled around for a bit and found it, Spheksophobia is the fear of wasps. Weird name heh.

EDIT woops didnt read your post lol, and yea thats the exact same webpage I was looking at heh, weird stuff:)

03-17-2003, 04:05 AM
... has a strange image in mind of groups of Spheksophobes sitting in a circle chanting prayers to saint Friad...

03-17-2003, 05:39 AM
Horse flies here are also called Green Heads, god i hate them.

03-17-2003, 08:50 AM
horseflies, uugh i hate them suckers. ive been biten by them several times. i don't like wasps either. ive been stung by them a couple times. bees seem to be more docile, so i can stand them. except for sweatbees. those suck too.

03-17-2003, 10:24 AM
Bees scare the crap out of me ever since I was stung by one when I was 4.

And horseflies MUST DIE!!!

03-17-2003, 02:24 PM
bees are beautiful creatures that want to be left alone.

Wasps are moody.

I live in UK so we dont see many of the afore mentioned 'african killer zombie vampire' bees. Are they in US?

Oh yes, so dont be scared of bees-become a bee-keeper for a few months-that will alleviate your fear. :)

EDIT-NB, if you are allergic to bees, DO NOT become a bee-keeper!

03-17-2003, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Fountain

Oh yes, so dont be scared of bees-become a bee-keeper for a few months-that will alleviate your fear. :)

Ironic, since I wanted to become a beekeeper during my childhood(in between my hopes to be a firefighter and my hopes to be a submarine captain).

03-17-2003, 03:11 PM
European honey bees were once common, but a disease nearly eradicated them throughout the country a few years ago. They have started making a comeback in the last couple of years, but they're still not as common as I remember in my barefoot childhood days (barefoot until I got stung by one!). Luckily, the Africanized honey bees have not gotten this far north in the United States yet.

Bumblebees and the similar-looking carpenter bees are bigger and make a louder buzz noise as they fly by, but I've never been too bothered by them.

Yellowjackets, which some people mistakenly call sweat bees, are more of a nuisance. They always swarm around empty soda cans and near trash cans as they look for something sweet to drink. Luckily, I've never been stung by one of these wasps. Real sweatbees are tiny and not a nuisance.

Paper wasps and mud daubers always seem to build their nest in an inconvenient spot. My sister had been viciously attacked by a colony of them enough to have to be taken to the hospital.

Horseflies' bites are pretty painful. I hate those oversized flies.

03-17-2003, 03:38 PM
I'm allergic for bees / wasps and when i get stunged by any..then the place of "impact" starts swelling up dramatically..... ::just thinking that this would be a great way for me when im old and when im out of viagra:p::. Anyways its not really fun coz when i get stunged in my neck then i can sufficate wich can lead to death... but i dont hate'em.
They're nice if ya treat em nice. So again restecpah:cool: is the key to succes

03-17-2003, 03:47 PM
I'm sorry Gangly, you entertain silly ol' Shadow with your English. :D

> So again restecpah is the key to succes
hahahahah, that's almost as good as your reply to the nitrogen cooling thread for pc's...

"It's not like my computer is so fast because of the chilly weather inside it." :D

And yes, my dad is allegric to bees/wasps, but not drastically. That stuff is no fun.

...I've seen about 20 hornets already today. :rolleyes:

03-17-2003, 04:00 PM
So again restecpah is the key to succes
hahahahah, that's almost as good as your reply to the nitrogen cooling thread for pc's...

dammit ...havent u seen Ali G in Da house???
wicked ticketickeed wicked :D (could be he said restepah instead of restecpah, im not sure)
btw thats the part where he says.
R E S T E P A H!
Do you even know what that spells?
(someone else answers) restepah??:confused:
Ali G: yeah thats right we gotta learn to restepah each other.
(Ah love that movie its so WICKED :p)

As for the Nitrogen part...just shaddap ( hopefully not a lot of ppl read that thread)

"It's not like my computer is so fast because of the chilly weather inside it."

Well if my comp would be big enough i could throw meat in it and be sure that it would be still good in the year 3000.

windoze victim
03-19-2003, 06:56 PM
I now live in Northern New York State, so I haven't seen many, but I used to live in California, and my friends and I would go around chasing bees that were in the sand, and try to capture them in little fruit cups. Wheee! Never got stung, just slapped a few with my hands, reeeel smart.

03-20-2003, 10:13 AM
Bees and Wasps are scary MOFOs along with butterflies. Most people think butterflies are nice insects with kewl wings, but little do they know that butterflies and ladybugs are really EVIL CREATURES WITH HUGE TEETH THAT ARE USED TO RIP APART HUMAN FLESH. That is why I stay away from them all.

03-20-2003, 10:16 AM
Remember unanimous, keep taking the medication.

03-20-2003, 10:32 AM
HAHA!!!! Someday you will all understand the wrath of the butterfly!!!!!!!

03-22-2003, 11:44 PM
bees r gay.

And Ali G says something like Rescept. he swaps the p and c. lol

03-23-2003, 06:38 PM
I think the people that say "Bees and wasps put me on edge" are scared the death of them..

People who say "Bees and wasps don't really bother me" are blufing, there actually tarified of them..

And people that say "I've never had any experiences to form an opinion" are stupid.. but there afraid too.

oh ya... butterfly boy there is afraid of butterfies, and atta' stay inside so he wont die of a hart attack when he runs acros a wasp..

03-23-2003, 09:42 PM
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