|“Oh, hey. Y’all best be careful or I’m
gonna sting you with my stinger.”
For the study, a scientis placed a cell phone directly under a bee hive. “According to a story in The Daily Mail, the bees were able to tell when the handsets were making and receiving calls. They responded by making the high pitched squeaks that usually signal the start of swarming”. Um…all I can say is ‘duh’. There is something making a racket under their hive, so it’s only natural that they would perceive it as a threat and swarm. You get the same reaction if you poke the hive with a stick. In fact, you can elicit a similar reaction out of a person if you place a cell phone under their pillow while their sleeping. What’s really sad is that there have been other test of the exact same nature done, with similar results. Again, duh.
There are other more plausible theories out there, mostly pointing toward farming, pesticide use, and the decline of wildflowers. I’ll place my bet on one of those.