Millions of Bees Bound for Alaska Are Rerouted and Die in Atlanta

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When Sarah McElrea arrived at the Anchorage airport last Friday to pick up the 800 pounds of honeybees she was having shipped from Sacramento, she got the first sense of a disaster in the making: The bees — some five million of them — were in Atlanta, not Anchorage.

The 200 crates of bees were the first of two shipments coming in from Sacramento designated for more than 300 beekeepers in Alaska and to provide much needed pollination services for apple orchards and nurseries, she said in an interview.

Previous honeybee shipments had made their way to Alaska aboard Delta Air Lines flights from Sacramento to Seattle and then on to Anchorage, a route Ms. McElrea has used many times. But this shipment, the airline told her, did not fit aboard the Seattle-bound flight and instead had been rerouted through the Delta hub in Atlanta. The bees would complete their circuitous, cross-country journey to Anchorage on Saturday.

Ms. McElrea was worried, considering that shipping bees comes with certain complications: The bees must be fed along the way (generally sugar water), and they must be kept cool. Her concerns were well-placed — millions of the bees would die.

cwm9 on April 29th, 2022 at 07:42 UTC »

I'm shocked that 'millions of bees' only cost $48,000.

netpoints on April 29th, 2022 at 06:35 UTC »

I'm impressed humans have the capability to not only breed millions of bees for sale, but the capability to then ship them across the country (except when delta fucks up). What strikes me as even more impressive is the fact that the company which sold her the bees had millions more on hand to replace the dead bees. That's a lot of fucking bees.

shreddor on April 29th, 2022 at 03:22 UTC »

Man this is just a bummer of a story.