Several years ago I began the journey of beekeeping, and I’m still learning something new every day. Initially I wanted to help bees repopulate after hearing their numbers had dropped to concerning levels. The bees would help my orchard and, of course, honey is always a sweet thing, I decided! And so the journey continues. Swarms, angry queen drama and harvesting the honey.
From my perspective, bees are not unlike people in communities, countries or world regions. If you get a great queen (leader), there is organization, excellent hive wax structures with food storage, healthy offspring and resilience from harsh winters, beetle, wasp or animal attacks. But if you have a bad queen (leader), there is chaos, disfunction, confusion and the colony suffers, wages war on others or each other…Things get ugly .
I have learned much by observing my honey bee colony and have so much more to learn.