If you're stung by a yellowjacket this fall, there's a good chance the bee is drunk.

Researchers said Wednesday that bees get a buzz in the fall from eating fruit that has begun to ferment.Jim Thompson, a botanist for Miles-Hollister-Stier Laboratories in Monmouth, said yellowjackets usually are responsible for bee stings this time of year. They like to eat fruit that falls to the ground as the weather gets cold, he said.

The fruit is fermenting and "the little buggers get bombed out of their minds," Thompson said.

Doctors report more bee stings in the fall than any other time of year.