The news often ignores insects including bees. However, one aggressive swarm got the attention of a Florida News Crew (See video). Cameras are now miniature and can be mounted on drones (the remote control airplane kind, not the male bee), the latest new tool for news video recording. In this case, the drone was attacked by a bee swarm. The weight of the bees disrupted the flight of the drone. The newsman flying the drone landed it near his vehicle bringing a stinging swarm with it. The newsmen scrambled for the safety of their vehicles.
After the swarm dispersed, the drone was inspected and several bee stingers were found still attached to the foam fuselage. It is not clear why the bees attacked the drone. The bees obviously misidentified the drone as a threat, but why? Bees do not typically chase birds. However, bees will respond to vibrations. Running a lawn mower next to a beehive can bring a swarm of bees to investigate. Perhaps the sound irritated the bees? Squashing a bee can release alarm pheromone that recruits attacking bees. Perhaps a bee drone collision contaminated the drone with alarm pheromone? Were the bees of the killer bee strain?
This is an interesting mystery. Perhaps I should purchase a drone and fly it near our beehive? It might be a fun experiment.