Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Honey bee (Apis mellifera)
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” -- Saint John Chrysostom
Bees. I love bees. Honeybees to be exact. My dream is to one day be able to have a hive of honeybees. I made the BIG (with a capital BEE) mistake of mentioning this to my neighbor. Said neighbor proceeded to have a major full scale hissy-sterical fit. Dire warnings of law suits, threats of protest, and general all around ugly ensued. Needless to say, my garden remains hive-less.
Bees are one of the pricipal pollinators of our food crops. In recent years have seen a decline in the bee population, due to colony collapse syndrome. The cause of this phenomenon is debated greatly. Insecticides, pesticides? A mite infestation? I am not aware of a definitive reason for this dreaded condition. I say dreaded, because last year, while attending a honeybee lecture, the main speaker appreared to be visually shaken, upset. When I asked his wife if he was feeling well enough to lecture she told me that only that morning one of his hives was completely empty. Every single bee gone. The hive had not simply swarmed to a nearby tree, they were just gone.
My desire for a hive has less to do with honey than it does with giving back to nature for the bounty that we all enjoy each day. When we eat a crisp sweet apple or enjoy tomatoes fresh from the vine, find a variety of fruit, vegetables and nuts we can thank little bees for their hard work.
So, pretty much to sum it up -
NO BEES - NO FOOD
PS - my computer was being ugly last week. I was not able to link to Alphabe-thursday. But, you can check out my contribution anyway. Scroll down to it!
Posted by VBR at 4:52 AM