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Poor beekeepers! They do suffer so. If they want some honey, they can't just go to the supermarket like you or I. Oh no, they have to get dressed up in their Klan costume, and go out and smoke some bees until the bees get drowsy, then moonwalk in and get some honey (no sudden moves, mark you).
following on from MoomCorp's highly successful (ahem) Ant Control Collars (Similar to As Seen on TV!), we have a simple development - Bee Control Collars! Following the same basic principle, each bee is fitted with a little magnetic collar - light enough that they can still perform what we laughingly refer to as 'flying', but magnetic enough that... well, that the idea works, okay?
Then, a few big electromagnets are fitted in the vicinity of the bee hutch. Now, our friendly beekeep can simply flick a switch, and all the bees are dragged to the magnet! Then he can stroll in, get the honey, and stroll off again licking his chops.
Of course, the bees will be plenty mad, so it's a good idea to make sure you're a long way away before you turn off those magnets.
[zen_tom, Apr 28 2006]
[theircompetitor, Apr 28 2006]
bzzzzzzzzzzzzz zap. [xenzag, Apr 28 2006]
Bees that can be made to point north
More info on Magnetite and Bees [xenzag, Apr 28 2006]
SOCIAL INSECTS AND THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD: MAGNETITE IN BEES AND ANTS (last section on the page)
archived copy of above broken link about magnetite and bees and bees being made to point north [notexactly, Jun 14 2019]
||In the ChessHive idea I just linked, I reference a baked insect remote control
||bun, if I can watch you fitting the collars +
||Wear a magnetic outfit to repel them, um, yeah. - That could bee fun too!