FLYING insects that sting are not among my favourite creatures, although two friends, Jim and Maureen, tell me there are worse things of which to be wary.

They should know; they are highly trained bee experts and are called out to deal with rogue swarms.

You've heard of the Ghostbusters. They are the Bee Busters.

They answered one emergency call to a farm in the middle of Yorkshire and the chap pointed down towards the bottom of a field. He was going nowhere near it. Off they went, sorted out the problem, and were giving themselves a metaphorical pat on the back, when they were suddenly the victims of an unexpected airborne attack. And it wasn't bees.

Another farmer had driven his muck spreader past them in the field on the other side of the hedge and given them a good spraying of silage.