By Marcia Lee
The end of an era is over. The beehive that started it all did not survive the summer. This hive barely made it through the winter, revived itself, and then swarmed twice. This led to two ‘new hives,’ but the bees did not leave a queen for the bees that were left behind. So many lessons from the bees for these times. I made so many small and large decisions throughout the time, many of them probably not the best. But here we are.
Yesterday one of the beehives in our backyard was robbed by other bees, wasps, and insects. When we went to look today, we found that the hive had been decimated. There was no more honey in the cells and the bodies of dead bees littered the floor of the hive. The hive was going to die one way or another, because, without a queen, a hive cannot survive. The honey went to other bees and wasps and it will help them to survive another winter. However, if I had pulled the honey, could the bees have died a softer death? Continue reading “A Beekeepers Musings”