Dozens of beehives were attacked and set on flames in Texas over the weekend in an act “beyond comprehension” that took the life of an estimated half a million bees, authorities said.
On Saturday morning the beehives were discovered scattered across the bee yard, the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) wrote on Facebook. Several hives were ashen-black and one brood frame floated in the water nearby with bees still trying to care for the eggs.
The BCBA said in the post, “It’s bad enough to think in today’s world this would happen but dumping them over and then setting fire to them is beyond comprehension.”
Each colony averages 30,000 bees; at least 20 hives were damaged and half a million bees burned to death or drowned.
Officials are searching for suspects in the attack. According to the station, the suspects are expected to face charges of arson and felony criminal mischief.
The BCBA said it is offering a $1,000 reward, on top of the $5,000 reward offered by Brazoria County Crime Stoppers, for information leading to the suspects’ arrest.