News

Top 10 Killer Bee Attacks in Arizona

Page 3 of 5

8. Calling the game due to bees. In March of 2012, a swarm of bees halted a spring-training game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants. No one was stung, but the bees chased pitcher Darren Oliver from the mound. He later said he thought his hair gel might have attracted them. It wasn't the first time bees have disrupted a baseball game in Arizona, either. In 2005, bees stopped a game in Tucson after five innings. They also delayed the start of a D-backs game earlier this year.

7. Lovers of the outdoors: Bee-ware. Several of our examples involve Arizona climbers and hikers who could not easily escape a swarming attack by running away. In May of 2013, Tucson climber Steven Johnson's body was found hanging in his harness about 70 feet off the ground on a crag in the Santa Catalina mountains. His dog was found near him, also dead. Both man and canine had been stung countless times. Johnson died from "mass envenomation," which is when the build-up of each little sting adds up to an amount that no human can handle. Experts estimate that's about 10 stings per pound of body weight, or about 1,700 stings for a 170-pound man.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.