These Queen Bees must have bees.
A Los Angeles-based beekeeper proved the industry isn’t as sweet as honey after beating a beekeeper accused of mocking the profession. A TikTok video of her violent attack is generating a stir. on social media
The feud is reportedly caused by a series of viral beekeeping videos posted by Texas beekeeper Erika Thompson (@texasbeeworks), which has over 6 million followers on TikTok.
The latest tutorial, which has been viewed more than 18 million times, shows the blonde bombshell taking the queen-free colony out of the umbrella while wearing only a jean jacket and no protective gear.
“So I started picking the bees out of the umbrella and putting them into the hive,” Thompson said casually as he snatched the insect bites with her bare glove à la “Candy Man” in an effort to find the queen.
Even though she lacks bee-proof clothing Thompson advises that she is not in danger of a homeless colony. which she claimed was “very tame”; because they “There are no resources to protect.”
Later, a steel-crazy insect whisperer saves the dead bees by giving them a “extra” queen, which she keeps in her jeans pocket.
“I put bees in my beekeeping so they can do important tasks. that they continue in a safer place for them and for the people. And it’s another great day to save the bees,” she said to the camera. Needless to say, TikTok is obsessed with Thompson’s “Wicker Man” kind of connection to tiny animals.
“This is the coolest thing ever,” said one fan on TikTok.
However, not everyone thinks her method is so helpful, says Friday Chamberlain, a beekeeper in Los Angeles. who appears to be working for LA Honeybee Rescue, an organization in West Hollywood. accused Thompson that “Creating a dangerous role model” with her defensive approach
A Twitter user recently posted a mashup of her alleged TikTok clip, which currently has 2.2 million views.
“What she did — release hives by letting me down. Wear dark clothes and reveal your skin — it’s dangerous,” a headless critic said by Says @lahoneybeerescue on TikTok.
In fact, beekeeper Hilary Kearney and author of the Queen Bee bible “QueenSpotting” told The Cut that such dressing was particularly problematic because “bees have evolved to be able to defend themselves against the dark colors of bears and skunks. and other predators, and dark.”
While Chamberlain “agrees 100% with” Thompson, it shows the Flock’s obedience. “The truth is She went in without any protective gear,” explains her seemingly Treadwellian insect expert.
The Post has contacted Chamberlain for comment.
The fire-blind insect expert was also not a huge fan of Accused Huckster’s slick locks, saying she kept her mane short in order to “The bees won’t interfere” and sting her.
not only that But a caretaker in Los Angeles claims Thompson proceeded to remove her. Which is why she was able to arrange these personal protective equipment.
“She looked so beautiful doing it and that was because it was fake,” Chamberlain sneered at the camera, explaining that her husband had pre-cut a comb for her. “Very polite”
“I’ll be honest,” continued the beekeeper. “@texasbeeworks I see you, we all see you. We are all women removal experts. We see you. We know you are faking it.”
Needless to say Online beekeepers are crazy about moderators fighting TikTok bee-f virus.
“I never knew I wanted to see beekeeper meat until now,” wrote one Twitter comedian.
“The Beetrayal,” quipped another.
Some flocked to Thompson’s defense, with one supporter writing, “What is fake? She’s filming herself around a bee and holding it in her hand. A fake bee? Haha, I didn’t follow.”
Another commenter rightly noted that the Texas bee rider also posted a video of herself with “all of her hairstyles and protective gear on Instagram.”
“Beekeeping is about helping bees. Whether her husband works hard or not lol it seems like this chick is just trying to chase after her,” they wrote in defense of their queen bee caretaker.
However, while experts agree that Thompson’s gearless approach isn’t entirely problematic. They admit it might give amateur defenders the wrong idea. Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, a research entomologist at the Bee Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told the Cut that Thompson’s technique was not. always dangerous for “Experienced beekeepers who understand the biology and behavior of bees” and many beekeepers work. minimal protection
However, “I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone to try it,” she said.