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First Person: Bee Wrangler Norman Gary

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Honeybee expert and former UC Davis professor Norman Gary spent 40 years moonlighting as a “bee wrangler” for TV shows and Hollywood films like “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The X Files” and “Candyman.” Gary is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having 109 bees in his mouth for 10 seconds. He joins us to discuss his career as well as colony collapse disorder, the rise of urban beekeeping and his book “The Honey Bee Hobbyist.”

Watch Norman Gary play a clarinet while covered in honeybees:


Norman Gary, honeybee expert, UC Davis professor emeritus of entomology, musician, professional bee wrangler and author of "The Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees"


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