Bee wrangler will talk about his special craft

By From page A6 | July 11, 2014


UC Davis professor emeritus Norm Gary pours bees all over his body during a 1996 demonstration at the California State Fair. Todd Hammond/Enterprise file photo

For some reason, the sound of a buzzing bee will send not only humans but also animals like mighty elephants running for cover.

But not Norman Gary — this UC Davis bee expert goes out of his way to seek them out and even walks around “wearing” the insects.

This world-renowned professor, research entomologist, bee wrangler and longtime Davis resident will talk about his special craft at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis.

Gary also knows how to train bees to do tricks like 90-degree turns or direct a swarm so it will move any way he wants it to.

“And, it gets better,” says a news release. “He can instruct the bees while they are on other people’s bodies, too. It is therefore not surprising that whenever a bee-related scene is required in a movie or television show, Norman is the man everybody turns to.”

Over the years, Gary has worked his bee magic in 18 films, more than 70 television shows and six commercials. He also has broken two Guinness world records for bee-related stunts.

Enterprise staff

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