It's hard to envisage why anyone would take to forested areas around Batemans Bay with a backpack of poison, spraying hives and killing bees.
The crime has wiped out 750 beehives and destroyed millions of bees in the process.
At least six major, family-based, apiary operators have been targeted, their businesses left in tatters.
What makes the attacks even more devastating is that this year’s bumper crop of blooming spotted gums had apairists looking at the best season in many years.
With the final damages bill expected to run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, the hunt is now on for those responsible.
The attacks took place at bushland apiary sites on the Western Distributor, Iron Bark Ridge, Clyde Ridge Rd, Skid Ridge Rd, Livingstone Creek Rd, Pebbly Beach Rd at East Lynne and Murramarang National Park.
While they are out-of-the-way spots, they are not so remote that the culprits can be certain of remaining anonymous.
Someone must know something, and now is the time to come forward.
Police would welcome any information, as would the rest of us.
Whomever is responsible for this senseless act must be made to pay the price.