OLD TIMERS ENJOY BUMBLE BEE BRAWL
By Norris Chambers
Rooster fighting appeals to some folks. These fight fans want the roosters to fight each other and not the blood-thirsty onlookers. When we were quite young we had a little trouble with roosters and old hens with chicks trying to start a battle with us. Our reaction to the challenge was to do the cowardly thing and run.
It’s not easy to believe, but some birds don’t care for kids that get too close to their nests. Such feathered antagonists as scissor tails and mocking birds are always ready for a lively scrap. It was never our idea to quarrel with an angry bird.
Many insects seem to
be natural enemies of nice kids such as
We even had enemies among plant life. We had to avoid cactus, mesquite thorns, poison ivy, stinging nettles and blue bramble bushes!
Since we were brave
lads we decided we had to defend ourselves. Someone of great importance once
said, “The best defense is an offense.” After thinking it over and some
discussion we decided to declare war on the bumble bees. This decision was made
When planning an
attack on a bumblebee nest the first item on the agenda is to equip each
soldier with a proper paddle. The bumble bee paddle is a conventional ping-pong
type thing with a bunch of small holes drilled in it for faster manipulation.
Sometimes you strike wildly at an approaching defender and he has a couple of buddies, one on each side, just far enough apart for the paddle to miss them. You then have only two choices - stand and have a stinger hit you in the forehead, or turn and hope that you can outrun them before they find the back of your neck or make a nest in your hair. If you hesitate and let one pop you, it is just about like being hit with a baseball bat and caressed with a coal of fire. A bumble bee sting does cause "excruciating" pain! If you run, you may escape injury. But your dignity has been damaged.
The battle doesn't end until the bees quit coming out and you dig up the den with a spade. The honey isn't a prize to be treasured. Bumblebees do not produce the best honey in the pot and it doesn’t possess the good honey taste that regular honey bees add to their product.
battle raged for a short time. There was loud buzzing of angry bees and the
swishing sound of paddles as they swiped at the angry bees. Occasionally there
was a juicy popping sound as a paddle stopped an antagonistic bee’s vicious
attack. During a slack moment I saw
held our own and eventually the buzzing warriors disappeared. We realized that
we had won the battle and began to inspect our wounds.
A wounded bee, lying quietly on the ground, had suddenly stung his bare foot and Carl was fighting back by slapping it with his paddle.
fighting the bees a lot of fun? The bees probably didn’t think it was and Clyde
and Carl might have had their doubts, but