What’s the buzz in Idaho? Millions of bees.
On Sunday, a truck traveling on Interstate 90 near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, carrying millions of bees lost control of its tractor-trailer, reports The Associated Press.
The accident caused the trailer to tip over and pour 400 hives’ worth of agitated bees onto the roadway. Numerous beekeepers arrived at the scene with the Idaho State Police to save as many of the insects as possible and keep them away from the nearby Iron Man marathon. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of bees died as a result of the crash.
Just two days before, a different truck, carrying 20 million bees, was involved in an accident on State Highway 33. In both cases the bees were traveling to Midwestern farms to help with pollination.
20,000 Bees Swarm Car
Motorists in Idaho have been urged to drive carefully to prevent any more unnecessary bee carnage. Aside from a few extra stings, no humans have been harmed during the spills.
In case you’re wondering why so many bees are being shipped cross country (and you should be curious – and concerned) check out this video that explains bee migration, produced by Take Part. The current extreme drought in California, which produces nearly half the country’s crops, is taking a major toll on the state’s agricultural ecosystem. Oregon, Washington and Idaho have also been greatly affected.
To learn more about bee migration and colony collapse disorder – and how you can help – visit Take Part now.