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Car Full of Bees Buzzing Down Highway Stopped by Trooper

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 07:24 AM

A man swerving back and forth down on a Montana highway with thousands of bees buzzing around inside his car was cited for careless driving, but police discovered he didn't need a permit to transport all his insects that way.

When Montana Highway Patrol Rrooper Lynwood Bateman stopped the vehicle, he found five hives of Russian honeybees numbering in the thousands buzzing all over, reported ABC News.  Police had been on the lookout for a vehicle "driving all over the road." near Missoula.

State troopers said that while driving a car full of beehives was probably a bad idea, it wasn't against the law. Russian honeybees are said to be harmless.

"The state apiarist was contacted and troopers learned although a very unsafe way to transport bees, that the driver needed no permits to transport the bee's through the state," the Montana Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post. "The driver was issued citation for careless driving."

Russian honeybees were imported recently to the United States from far-eastern Russian by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to BeeSource.com.

"The researchers' logic was that these bees from the Primorski region on the Sea of Japan, have coexisted for the last 150 years with the devastating ectoparasite Varroa destructor, a mite that is responsible for severe colony losses around the globe, and they might thrive in the U.S.," said BeeSource.

"Russian bees tend to rear brood only during times of nectar and pollen flows, so brood rearing and colony populations tend to fluctuate with the environment. They also exhibit good housecleaning behavior, resulting in resistance not only to varroa but also to the tracheal mite," said the site.

Some on social media appeared to be, well, stung by the idea of driving with bees in the car.


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