By Maria Medina

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A local entomologist may have discovered the cause of one of the most puzzling environmental mysteries scientists are trying to solve, but a fight with SMUD almost put his front-yard laboratory at risk.

Terry Allen said he discovered the European wool carder bee more than a year ago among his flowerbed in his Sacramento home, a stunning find. The carder bee is new to North America and has never been reported before in California.

The carder bee is bigger and tougher than the honey bee, Allen said, and he found evidence of their presence in the scattered bodies of other bees.

“Cuts off their wings, cuts off their antenna,” Allen said, “cuts off their heads, cuts off their torsi, and stabs them to death.”

Honey bees are essential to human life and the rapid disappearance of bee colonies has been the focus of a number of scientific efforts.

Allen was continuing his research within his flower bed when he received a notice from the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District that he would need to remove the flowers entirely.

The notice was especially puzzling since the flower bed was designed with SMUD input, Allen said.

“I designed it with a SMUD representative 20 years ago and it was approved,” he said.

When Allen learned others on his block didn’t get the same notice, Terry didn’t touch his flower bed and told SMUD officials he would be happy to remove the flower bed when he’s done researching the carder bee — in 20 years or so.

When CBS13 contacted SMUD, a spokesperson said Allen will be allowed to keep his flower bed.

Comments (9)
  1. Mike says:

    Since when does SMUD have control over residents flower beds?

  2. Robin Gray says:

    And why would SMUD pick his home when there are others that have flower beds by those utility boxes that didn’t get letters? Curiouser and curiouser…

  3. Berni Strunz says:

    see Collateral Murder ..it explains your Government …and they explain Collateral Murder ….very enlightening

  4. JD says:

    What made the think they could actually order someone to remove their flower bed in their own yard??? Morons.

  5. Dave H. says:

    I Think Terry Allen Should be Left Alone. And commended for His contrubutions To A Major Findinding To the Ground Breaking Discovery to the Mistery of Whats Killing off the much working Honey Bee. You are to commended for your Amazing Discovery.Old Freind and Family Friend

  6. K. E. Garvey says:

    More information on European wool carder bee. http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/news/woolcarderbee.html

  7. Pat R says:

    Please look at the UCD website. It will provide accurate information not provided in the “news” story.

  8. Celeste Ets-Hokin says:

    Shame on Terry Allen for making false scientfific claims regarding Anthidium manicatum (European wool carder bee), but more shame on CBS for not verifying the accuracy of their news source. In their pursuit of a sensationalist story, CBS has disseminated spurious information on the ecology of the wool carder bee and on the professed impact of this introduced species on the recent declines of European honey bee colonies. The European honey bee, by the way, is not native to North America, and is not essential to North American ecosystems. See UC Davis Department of Entolmolgy communications specialist, Kathy Keatley Garvey’s. posted comment (above) for accurate information on the introduction and ecology of the European wool carder bee and the European honey bee in North America.

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