Light Notes

The buzz in store for 'In Steppe'

I have a bee in my bonnet, and I might as well let it out here.

It’s my pet peeve about bees and wasps. They like me.

While other people sit quietly nearby enjoying dinner alfresco, these tiny torpedoes zero in on me to check the menu. Within seconds they can take a perfectly calm woman and turn her into a whirling high-stepping action figure.

And this is before the bride has had the first dance at her outdoor reception.

I hate to admit it, but their yellow presence can inject me with fear.

So, you can imagine how I felt the other day when I was loading my groceries into the trunk of my hatchback and one showed up. The flying stinger-equipped critter whizzed in with my Earth-friendly bags.

Suddenly, I wasn’t feeling so friendly. One of us wasn’t going to my house.

By nightfall, people waiting for my parking space had given up.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for honeybees and wasps doing their jive at their hive. They serve a wonderful purpose — when they’re not terrorizing me. And if they’ll stay away from my place, I won’t visit theirs.

Or at least that’s been my set of rules in the past.

Now it turns out that the next program I’ll host for KTNW’s public television show In Steppe has a nature theme. It will include a beekeeper as my guest — one who rescues feral hives. He’s invited me to shoot some video of the honeybees up-close to illustrate our interview.

The veteran beekeeper mentioned casually on the phone, “It seems like they get a bit agitated when they can smell fear."


Stay tuned for the buzz.