Our frequent inspections were very necessary, because that beautiful, fragrant pale honey from the acacia trees was produced alarmingly quickly by these hyperactive little insects. As the workers are also in charge of developing the drones and a queen bee, there really is not much time for them to fool around. I say that, because as they produce so quickly they realize they're running out of space and prepare to leave in a buzzing, frenetic swarm.
Now that I'm grown up I still shake my head sometimes, thinking of my either incredibly naive or ridiculously vastly trusting parents, as they allowed us to get into scrapes and danger that would have had us removed by CPS these days! But we had a glorious time, just roaming around, and learning as we went.
Every now and again my dad would be too late in inspections and a swarm would take off. Then it was a matter of searching for them. They were usually in a nearby tree. Seems the hive only has room for one queen, so if the workers decide to make another, the weaker one will take off with a whole bunch of attendants.
Bees are very caring with each other. They communicate very distinctly, using their antennae. It's quite fascinating to watch. You can hear whether they're happy in the hive, or agitated. It doesn't take much to get African bees thoroughly annoyed!
Beekeeping in Canada is another story, and deserves to have its own space. On the other hand, you might not be interested, and I like to write on topics you like! We've had the bumble bees, now the African bees, and I don't want you to be bee bored.
Even the children are grateful!
Today the air is clear, the temperatures are down, and the fire is said to be 70% contained. That doesn’t mean it is extinguished - just that the firefighters have managed to control the spread. It’s impossible not to think of them every day, as planes and helicopters are still flying over.
We are all so grateful to these brave men and women: and thankful too for your kind thoughts and prayers.
"Tell me a story, Kimmie..." via marcoujor's musings
Herbie Haas: Mt. Vernon's Breads & Pies Guy via flashPress
Wishing you a safe and beautiful weekend,