These Queen Bees have to bee-have.
A Los Angeles beekeeper proved the business ain’t so honey-sweet after lashing out at a fellow bee gal for allegedly making a mockery of the occupation. A TikTok video of her stinging assault is at present inflicting a buzz on social media.
The feud was reportedly ignited by a collection of viral beekeeping movies posted by Texas beekeeper Erika Thompson (@texasbeeworks), who boasts a whopping 6 million followers on TikTok.
The newest tutorial, which has over 18 million views, reveals the blonde bombshell eradicating a queen-less colony from an umbrella whereas carrying solely a denim jacket and no protecting gear.
“So I started scooping bees off the umbrella and putting them into the hive,” intones Thompson soothingly whereas snatching up the stinging bugs together with her naked mitts à la “Candy Man” in an effort to seek out the queen.
Despite her lack of bee-proof attire, Thompson instructed she was in no hazard from the homeless colony, which she claimed had been “very docile” as they “don’t have any resources to defend.”
Later on, the steel-nerved bug whisperer supposedly saves the bereft bees by gifting them an “extra” queen that she’d been conserving in her jean shirt pocket.
“I put the bees in my apiary so they can continue the important work they do in a place that’s safer for them and for people, and it was another great day of saving the bees,” she cooed on digicam. Needless to say, TikTok was enthralled with Thompson’s supposed “Wicker Man”-esque connection to the tiny critters.
“This really is the coolest thing ever,” fawned one enchanted fan on TikTok.
However, not everybody thought her strategies had been so bee-utiful. Los Angeles beekeeper Friday Chamberlain, who seems to work for the West Hollywood-based group LA Honeybee Rescue, accused Thompson of “setting a dangerous precedent” together with her protection-free strategy.
Twitter customers just lately posted a mashup of her accusatory TikTok clips, which at present boasts 2.2 million views.
“What she is doing — opening up hives with her hair down, wearing dark clothes with exposed skin — is dangerous,” fumed the shorn-headed critic, who goes by @lahoneybeerescue on TikTok.
Indeed, Hilary Kearney, a beekeeper and the creator of queen bee bible “QueenSpotting,” told the Cut mentioned such apparel is especially problematic as “bees have evolved to be defensive towards dark colors because of bears and skunks and other predators that are typically furry and dark.”
While Chamberlain’s “100% OK with” Thompson demonstrating the docility of swarms, “the fact is, she goes into removals without wearing any safety gear,” defined the bug specialist of her seemingly Treadwellian approach.
The Post has reached out to Chamberlain for remark.
The incensed insect professional additionally wasn’t an enormous fan of the accused huckster’s flowing locks, saying she retains her personal mane brief so “bees don’t get caught in it” and sting her.
Not solely that, however the Los Angeles keeper claims that Thompson phases her removals, which is why she’s in a position to conduct them sans-PPE.
“She looks pretty doing it and that’s because it’s faked,” Chamberlain scoffed on digicam, explaining that her husband pre-cuts the combs for her “very courteously.”
“I’m straight up calling her out,” continued the bee shepherd. “@texasbeeworks, I see you, we all see you, all of us female removal specialists, we see you, we know you’re faking.”
Needless to say, the net apiary was abuzz over the dueling keepers viral TikTok bee-f.
“I never knew I wanted to see bee keeper beef until now,” wrote one Twitter comedian.
“The BEEtrayal,” quipped another.
Some flocked to Thompson’s protection with one backer writing, “What is fake? She is literally filming herself around bees and scooping them in her hand. Are the bees fake? Lol I’m not following.”
“Saving bees is saving bees wether her husband does the heavy lifting or not lol seems like this chick just clout chasing by trying to call her out,” they wrote in protection of their queen-bee keeper.
However, whereas specialists agreed that Thompson’s gear-free strategy wasn’t altogether problematic, they admitted that it may give novice keepers the mistaken concept. Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, analysis entomologist on the Bee Lab at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, instructed the Cut that Thompson’s approach isn’t essentially harmful for “experienced beekeepers who understand the biology and behavior of honeybees” and that many beekeepers work with minimal safety.
However, “it’s not recommended for just anyone to try, of course,” she mentioned.