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Old 03-31-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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Exclamation Swarm of Bees

In 55 years of driving, I have never experienced what happened to us today. We blasted into a huge swarm of bees at 60 mph!

When I say a swarm of bees, I mean it sounded like a machine gun going rat-a-tat-tat as they hit the windshield. At first I thought it was gravel, but there was no gravel truck or loose gravel on the road.

The entire front of my Class A was covered with bee carcasses -- and this was only 60 miles after it had received a good washing! It took me over half an hour when I arrived home to clean the windshield and front cap of the coach. And this was not a good cleaning job, but one to allow me to put it away without feeling too guilty.

Forget chickens crossing roads; the real question is why would a swarm of bees want to cross an eight lane tollway?

Seriously, has anyone else ever experienced something similar to this?

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Old 03-31-2014, 10:43 PM   #2
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A month ago I was traveling between Needles Ca. and lake Havasu Az. and there is a inspection station there checking for fruit or what ever. Across the hwy. there was a semi with a load of bee hives on it and several people were working with the hives. When I went by the windshield was bombarded with bees but not as bad as you experienced.
I don't envy the mess you are faced with.

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Old 04-01-2014, 04:47 AM   #3
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when the hive gets to big they make a new queen and split with a little over half the workers. you must of hit a split.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:34 AM   #4
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About 30 years ago, I was standing on an athletic field and saw a swarm of bees weaving their way across the field headed right for me at about chest level. I squatted down and they flew right over me. Most likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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Not bees, but one night driving thru Ind. I hit a LARGE group of Fire Flies. Know what happens when you hit 30-40 fire flies at night all in one group? Your whole windshield starts to glow, and is hard to see out.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:43 AM   #6
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Last summer in Wyoming or Montana we hit small thin groups of bees a couple of times ...and each time I saw bee boxes which appeared to be permanently installed in the highway right of way near the fence. They do make a mess on the front of the rig!
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:09 AM   #7
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Sorry you had such a mess.

I'm thinking in bee school they do not learn much about eight lane highways. Good thing you did not have to arrange funeral services, that's a lot of flowers to order.

How about a commercial for Rejex in here somewhere?
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:59 AM   #8
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I have run into a swarm of bees with my car a couple of years ago. They came across a 6 lane highway. Very big mess. went home a washed the front with a hose then went to the car wash. Very big gooey mess.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:17 AM   #9
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They swarm when they are looking for a new place to build a nest, and, sadly, they don't have a very good concept of modern technology...

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Old 04-06-2014, 07:42 AM   #10
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Happened to me ten years ago driving MH on I35 south of Temple, Texas. All I could do was wonder what would have happened if I had been driving my motorcycle?


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Old 04-06-2014, 08:00 AM   #11
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This will date me I am sure but many years ago I drove a tractor trailer for my Father. The tractor I drove was a few years old and instead of air conditioning (which didn't exist then), the windshield was on an upper hinge and you could crank it open it to let the air in.

I had just delivered a load of livestock to a market and had the farmer riding along with me in the truck. He was dressed pretty well with a little hat on his head with an old time brim. Kinda like a fedora.

Well anyway, I saw this speck hovering over the highway and mentioned it to him. Here in the midwest mosquitoes and gnats often gather in large swarms so we though little of it.

Splat!!!!!! Sure enough it was a swarm of bees. I locked the brakes and we slid to a quick stop and exited the cab. I looked at him and bees were running little circles around his hat brim and the back of the cab was covered with dead bees. Neither of us got stung.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:39 PM   #12
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That Winnebago wasn't by chance a "Honey", was it?
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:44 PM   #13
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Well... She's my honey.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:28 PM   #14
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Hey now... I drive a Honey... Don't be scaring me!

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