If You Play With Bumble Bees . . . .


Boredom might cause you to try playing with bumble bees, if you are a coyote. After chasing and biting at them for a few minutes, this coyote went back and punched the nest to have a little more fun — a little more excitement — and the coyote got what it asked for. Hmmm, looks like the bumble bees got angry. Enjoy the video!

We small group of onlookers were waiting for the expected outcome, while at the same time, rooting for it not to happen. The coyote obviously didn’t know that such a tiny creature, a bumble bee, might produce such a shot of pain. The coyote is lucky the target was a paw and not its nose. Even so, it looks like the sting was painful, judging by the attention paid to that paw about an hour later. I’ll keep my eye on this fella to see if it learned its lesson!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindie
    Jul 03, 2017 @ 00:06:24

    What an amazing, beautiful, poignant video. Thank you so much

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  2. Cathy McCartney
    Jul 03, 2017 @ 00:16:45

    I can’t bear to watch him get hurt…but thanks for all the educational efforts about coyotes.

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    • yipps
      Jul 03, 2017 @ 01:03:29

      Hi Cathy — We’ve all had bee stings: they hurt, but they don’t hurt for long, and there is no lasting injury as a result. It’s how we learn, and how bees teach us to stay away. The very next day this coyote was walking fine. Let’s hope it’s a lesson she’ll remember! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Jennifer
    Jul 03, 2017 @ 01:35:38

    Great video, but those aren’t bees. They are most likely yellow jackets. Janet, you advocate for coyotes and I advocate for coyotes and bees. Can you please change the title, for the sake of us beekeepers out there who are also trying to change the hearts and minds of he public?
    Thanks, and thanks for all you do! Jennifer

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    • yipps
      Jul 03, 2017 @ 06:04:57

      But then again, I took a photo a few days earlier only a few feet from where I took the video where you can see they are bumble-bees: https://coyoteyipps.com/#jp-carousel-42280 — bees but not honey-bees. Yellowjackets don’t like a constant stream of people passing, and would have stung at least some of the constant stream of passers-by, and would therefore have been removed by the park department, whereas bees (bumble bees) only get upset if you disturb their nest — which is what the coyote is doing in the video. I’ve changed the title from *bees* to *bumble bees* for you: yes, we need to get accurate and precise information out about all of these critters. Thank you for your comment, Jennifer, and thank you for advocating for the bees!

  4. Cathy McCartney
    Jul 03, 2017 @ 02:26:25

    I’m glad to hear it!

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