Police are investigating a troubling wildlife crime that occurred in Scotland earlier this week: a group of thieves broke into a private farm and stole what investigators are calling "a large quantity" of bees. Yes, bees.
According to the BBC, thieves took off with 18 honeycomb frames, a number of worker bees and six queens, who are each capable of laying thousands of eggs per day and ruling a colony of over 50,000 bees. The theft comes at a time when the UK is facing a full-on bee crisis, with millions of the crucial pollinators suffering from colony collapse disorder and dying off. An estimate earlier this year suggested that the country would need more than 7 billion bees to avoid a crop "catastrophe."