Thursday, May 08, 2008

On the mailing of bees

Today my work led me into the bowels of United States Postal Office documentation.

A fascinating place, that.

9.3.7 Bees
Bees are acceptable in the continental surface mail when shipped under federal and state regulations to ensure that they are free of disease. Packages of honeybees must bear special handling postage, except those sent at a First-Class Mail rate. Only queen honeybees may be shipped via air transportation. Each queen honeybee shipped via air transportation may be accompanied by up to eight attendant honeybees.

Were I a queen travelling by air, I'm not sure eight attendants would suffice.


Julie said...

I'm speechless.

Bybee said...

Strange but cool.

Melanie said...

If only I could send the bees from my backyard far, far away!

Isabella said...

It's just wierd! Someone, perhaps an entire committee, gave a great deal of thought to codifying these regulations. I wonder by what criteria it was determined that 8 attendants was reasonable. I mean, it's wierd.

Josef Graf said...


A note to let you know about this article, a current issue being addressed by the Earth Vision project -

"Why the Bees Are Dying - and how to bring them back"


This article opens the box on the disappearing honeybee issue, so-called Colony Collapse Disorder, by using spiritual ecology and the indications of 20th Century renaissance man, Rudolf Steiner, to realize the common denominator of suspected causes. If entrenched analysts, who have been concertedly looking at external threats for the villain, were to turn their sights 180 degrees, they would discover that "we have met the enemy, and the enemy is us!" - that is, overall human interference.

Using spiritual ecology to bring environmentalism to the next level, the EV project has several current newsworthy items.
To access them, visit:

Current Environmental Issues

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