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My Spark Was Attacked By A Swarm Of Bees
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Si_Co
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Ever been attacked by a swarm of bees?



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1-11 04:21
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Laz22
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nope, I would have got the AC the hell out of there.
1-11 04:44
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jacksonnai
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Those props may killed some of them lol
1-11 06:31
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DJI Paladin
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Hi there, sorry for the trouble. I've seen few cases when drones got attacked by wild bees and it is not recommended to fly the drone near them because it may affect the performance of your drone and may lead to accident. Thanks for your understanding and support.
1-11 08:39
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Lysak2003
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I hope, no animals were harmed.
1-11 09:16
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Lysak2003 Posted at 1-11 09:16
I hope, no animals were harmed.

Bees are insects
1-11 09:42
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Gliffy Posted at 1-11 09:42
Bees are insects

Animals are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and grow from a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development. Over 1.5 million living animal species have been described—of which around 1 million are insects—but it has been estimated there are over 7 million animal species in total.

So sad that you didn't know such a simple thing.
1-11 10:01
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Lysak2003 Posted at 1-11 10:01
Animals are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and grow from a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development. Over 1.5 million living animal species have been described—of which around 1 million are insects—but it has been estimated there are over 7 million animal species in total.

So sad that you didn't know such a simple thing.

Beez r plant
1-11 10:56
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Gliffy Posted at 1-11 10:56
Beez r plant

LMAO. Get your homework done
1-11 10:59
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So no future for drones - not only humans, birds, animals, planes and bees ........ no one likes our hobby
1-11 11:11
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WoW!

No way I would have been anywhere near that thing when bringing it back in to land.   True, the collie was around (loved how he was jumping to try and catch the drone) , but I would have landed out of his reach and then taken my own sweet time retrieving it.  Not a bee fan here at ALL. HA!

Great footage though!  This is something you don't see everyday!   Thanks for sharing!
1-11 11:52
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AC5FF Posted at 1-11 11:52
WoW!

No way I would have been anywhere near that thing when bringing it back in to land.   True, the collie was around (loved how he was jumping to try and catch the drone) , but I would have landed out of his reach and then taken my own sweet time retrieving it.  Not a bee fan here at ALL. HA!

Thanks for the comments, AC5FF.   I had no choice really with the dog.  The owner had lost all control of it.  All I wanted to do was land the Spark and give a rest for a while so that she could put the dog back on the leash but she just couldn’t get the dog to come back to her and the dog just kept following the Spark.
1-11 14:21
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Si_Co
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Laz22 Posted at 1-11 04:44
nope, I would have got the AC the hell out of there.

Laz22, I was trying to bring the drone back, however, the dog added a new dimension.  The owner couldn’t control it, I wanted to bring the drone back away from the dog but he dog just kept following it.
1-11 14:31
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jacksonnai Posted at 1-11 06:31
Those props may killed some of them lol

Unfortunately jacksonnai, I know there was one fatality.  Buddhist me feels really guilty and apologetic.  I’m sorry.  It was certainly unintentional. Downgrade the charge from Murder to Bee-slaughter.
1-11 14:33
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Lysak2003 Posted at 1-11 09:16
I hope, no animals were harmed.

Lysak2003, unfortunately there was one fatality.  I certainly won’t be flying there again.
1-11 14:36
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CharlieZ
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Cool, thanks for sharing!
1-11 16:36
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That is absolutely amazing.  They were actually after the drone?
1-11 17:19
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Yikes. Usually when they're swarming, they are quite docile. If you find yourself in a swarm, be careful not to pinch one and they'll leave you be (I make pun).
1-11 17:39
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Amazing that they would attack a drone. Too bad because bees are a threatened specie. It would have been better to go full speed to lose them and then come back and land safely. I am pretty sure the spark can lose them in no time with the speed it can get. I don't know how fast bees can fly though.

It could have been bad if the drone got low battery and landed right under the dog, that poor dog could have been bitten badly.
1-11 18:33
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Si_Co
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Daniella3d Posted at 1-11 18:33
Amazing that they would attack a drone. Too bad because bees are a threatened specie. It would have been better to go full speed to lose them and then come back and land safely. I am pretty sure the spark can lose them in no time with the speed it can get. I don't know how fast bees can fly though.

It could have been bad if the drone got low battery and landed right under the dog, that poor dog could have been bitten badly.

Daniella3d, 1st time it’s happened to me.  It was a bit of a precarious situation - the dog was off-lead and wouldn’t listen to it’s owner.  Whatever I did with the bees, I still had the dog to contend with.  Far from ideal, all round.  It was just coincidental that, while all this was happening, I had hit the ‘record’ button, and captured some interesting footage.
1-11 18:41
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Daniella3d Posted at 1-11 18:33
Amazing that they would attack a drone. Too bad because bees are a threatened specie. It would have been better to go full speed to lose them and then come back and land safely. I am pretty sure the spark can lose them in no time with the speed it can get. I don't know how fast bees can fly though.

It could have been bad if the drone got low battery and landed right under the dog, that poor dog could have been bitten badly.

Daniella3d, here’s what I’ve found out:

They are European Bees, not native to Australia, and certainly not a protected species.

“Feral European honey bees may out compete native fauna for floral resources, may disrupt natural pollination processes and may displace endemic wildlife from tree hollows. However, there is insufficient research about interactions between European honey bees and Australian biota to fully describe their impacts.”
1-11 19:57
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Dang si, that’s kinda scary. I wonder what kind of bee they were. They acted very  aggressive   
1-11 22:15
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They kind of reminded me of Africanized bees in the USA. They are so agressive, they attack people and can kill someone. The last thing I would want is to bring Sparky back to me with a swarm of angry bees.
1-11 22:39
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Sayhelloforme Posted at 1-11 22:15
Dang si, that’s kinda scary. I wonder what kind of bee they were. They acted very  aggressive

Sayhellofrme, they were European Bees.  
1-12 03:12
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Daniella3d Posted at 1-11 22:39
They kind of reminded me of Africanized bees in the USA. They are so agressive, they attack people and can kill someone. The last thing I would want is to bring Sparky back to me with a swarm of angry bees.

Danella3d, I must admit that I’ve never been too concerned with bees.  I didn’t really give it a second thought.  I just wanted to get that dog sorted out.  All good.
1-12 03:13
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Kind of looked cool but as you descended so did the bees ouch...

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1-12 07:07
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Tentoes
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"You never can tell with bees."
1-12 08:56
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Tentoes Posted at 1-12 08:56
"You never can tell with bees."

“They might or they might not”
1-12 12:05
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they Thought you were there new Queen thats it
1-12 12:20
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SAADHERO Posted at 1-12 12:20
they Thought you were there new Queen thats it

SAADHERO, I work with an Apiarist who identified them as Europeen Bees, from a feral hive.   He said that they were  “from a drone congregation area where they gather to mate with queens.”  So, I agree, they either thought my Spark was a queen or they thought it was a threat.
1-12 12:31
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I can't recall my Spark being attacked by bees, but I had a Hubsan 507A that got attacked a couple of times. They seemed to be attracted by the high frequency sound of the rotors. When I landed and turned off the quadcopter, the bees flew away.
1-12 13:26
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Warriewoodlad Posted at 1-12 13:26
I can't recall my Spark being attacked by bees, but I had a Hubsan 507A that got attacked a couple of times. They seemed to be attracted by the high frequency sound of the rotors. When I landed and turned off the quadcopter, the bees flew away.

Warriewoodlad, it’s a 1st for me.  I managed to land it safely, even with the dog jumping on my leg, and the bees left.  I waited a while and put it back up and the bees came back.  Thankfully the dog didn’t return.  I was told that it was a feral drone colony looking to mate with a queen bee.  Interesting, hey?
1-12 13:31
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Warriewoodlad Posted at 1-12 13:26
I can't recall my Spark being attacked by bees, but I had a Hubsan 507A that got attacked a couple of times. They seemed to be attracted by the high frequency sound of the rotors. When I landed and turned off the quadcopter, the bees flew away.

Warriewoodlad, it’s a 1st for me.  I managed to land it safely, even with the dog jumping on my leg, and the bees left.  I waited a while and put it back up and the bees came back.  Thankfully the dog didn’t return.  I was told that it was a feral drone colony looking to mate with a queen bee.  Interesting, hey?
1-12 13:31
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Safe flying!
1-12 18:52
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