Scientists stung by weird theft of research bees

275x250.jpgNeuroscience researchers at Dundee University say they've been stung… by crooks who stole thousands of their bees.

The boffins had been using the bees as part of a £2m neuroscience study which looked at the effect of pesticides on bee learning.

It had been hoped the study could explain the current decline in honeybee numbers. But recently it was discovered £3,500 worth of British black bees had been taken.

Lead researcher Dr Chris Connolly says the thieves must have known how to handle bees and that the crime would hamper the research.

He also added that the bees were unique and should be easy to identify… which make us think they were breeding super clever bees.

A spokesperson for Tayside Police said: "We are appealing for information after four bee hives containing several thousand British Black Bees were stolen from the grounds of Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

"The hives are a part of a £2,000,000 project being undertaken by the Centre for Neurosciences at the University of Dundee Medical School. Together the hives and bees are worth between £3000 and £3500.

"Officers are keen to trace a white box van and two men that were seen in the area some time before 10am on Sunday (May 8). One of the men wore a bonnet."

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