Earlier in the warm season the neighbors discovered a honey bee hive in the walls of their summer kitchen. Hundreds of thousands of bees had made walls of honey for probably a hundred years. I’m surprised it wasn’t oozing out of the joists.
They called a northern Indiana bee association volunteer to come and remove the bees. By the name I assumed that they would move the swarm to another hive, but they did not. They killed the bees! I was astonished as bees are on the verge of extinction and we rely heavily on them for pollination which in turn produces food for us to eat.
13 bee facts you didn’t know
- Bees have five eyes and six legs
- Honey bees live in hives (or colonies). The members of the hive are divided into three types: Queen, Workers, and Drones.
- There are more than 20,000 species of bees.
- Bees can see all colors except red. That and their sense of smell help them find the flowers they need to collect pollen.
- The average beehive can house around 50,000 bees.
- Each bee has 170 odorant receptors, which means they have one serious sense of smell.
- Worker bees go from one flower to another, collecting nectar. In one collection trip, a bee visits 50 to 100 flowers.
- Carpenter bees create tunnels that usually look about one or two inches deep, but they can be up to 10 feet long.
- The queen bee lays all of the eggs in a colony. At the height of the season, she may layover 2,500 eggs per day.
- Honey bees are great flyers. They fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second.
- It takes 21 days for an egg to develop into an adult bee.
- Honey bees pollinate more than 100 different crops in the U.S.
- Over the past 15 years, colonies of bees have been disappearing, and the reason remains unknown. In some regions, up to 90% of bees have disappeared.
Amazing creatures aren’t they?
The buzz about bees for this blog topic is because we have a swarm of bees inhabiting the pig pen. Not the hundreds of thousands that the neighbors murdered, but a small gathering of bees. Whom “Honey”, ironically, likes to piss off by shaking the sunflower they are residing on.
I’m not worried about the bees per say until they bother someone. “Honey” seems to give two shakes about the buzzing things and really doesn’t mind them inhabiting the roof of his house either.
I called the northern Indiana bee association not knowing that was who the neighbor used as a contract killer, but quickly was informed of such.
I talked with a man named Rick who informed me of the following. At this point in the season removing a swarm of this size would do no good. The bees would not have enough time to create a hive before the impending weather change. Secondly he told me that these bees “shouldn’t” be aggressive as they have no Queen to protect. He’d sure be happy to come out and destroy them for us though… for seventy to one hundred dollars.
At this point in the conversation I am just completely baffled. You would think that this association would be geared more towards saving bees and not destroying them.
I’m dumbfounded really and truly. Maybe the decrease in the bee population has everything to do with us morons inhabiting the planet. Our pesticides we use to keep the crabgrass out of the sidewalk, the nuclear warfare can of Raid we use to deter ants and spiders all are killers of the one thing that will keep us from extinction. The bee. Not to mention if people have an unwanted swarm and they feel they are doing the right thing by calling the local bee association, but in turn end up murdering more bees that weren’t really even bothering anyone. We are all buffoons. Dumb dumbs. Cotton headed ninny muggins. Seriously.
When the swarm first showed up honestly I was excited! I consulted the great and powerful OZ we know as Pinterest to diy a bee box, how to get the bees in the box and all about making honey. All this and the powerful OZ crushed my dreams of a bee hive with the same explanation that the bee murderer gave me… rats!!!! I wanted to save the bees!!
I will however let them die a natural death rather than having them murdered. So remember when life sends you bees, save the bees, and live a simple life.