It Caught My Eye: Hive Mentality

A few weeks ago I alerted our next-door neighbor that what had started off as a few bees had blossomed in short notice into a small colony that had been busy under a roof eave making his house their home. I told him I don’t have a problem with them but that if he did an option would be to call Backwards Beekeepers to remove and rescue them rather than have them exterminated by some heartless giant-mallet-wielding pest control company.

In the weeks since the neighbor has opted to let the bees be bees, which is totally awesome — especially since my little backyard patch of Great Sunflower Project sunflowers will be blooming any day now. And extraspecially that the hive — now huge compared to its humble beginnings — has basically come outside for reasons unknown to me (the heat, maybe?) to literally hang out in a giant writhing mass of honeybee orgyfication, a wall-to-wall portion of which you see above (click here to view emBEEgified version) who didn’t mind at all that I got my camera all up in their beeswax.

6 Replies to “It Caught My Eye: Hive Mentality”

  1. I had a swarm that had taken up residence in an unused bbq…turns out it was the perfect size and had a vented opening, just like regular hives. I liked them but a neighbor was afraid of them so I contacted someone through the Beekeepers Assn (this was before blogs with good info). He came and took the bbq (easier that way) and said he got two entire colonies out of it–but the honey wasn’t usable as it tasted very very smokey.
    Given all the problems with honeybees these days, and also how much we need them in our lives, I’m glad your neighbor let them stay (he might consider moving them in the cooler weather or the hive could just keep growing) and thanks to you for letting us see the busy bees.

  2. Sinosoul and Queequeg, what I hope is far more frightening to you than bees themselves is the risks involved if the massive die-offs that have been occurring continue. To echo Lynda, as a species we rely on these creatures for so much of the food we eat so I hope that the fears you have are at least tempered by a respect for how important they are to our well-being.

  3. Oh yah, I absolutely support saving bees. I just throw my support in from a distance. Far off distance.

  4. I love bees!!! And I love that your neighbor is letting them do their beezness a natural! We need them!!!!!

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