As I sit observing a colony of honey bees, watching their every move, I can’t help but notice unison and harmony. Busy, but yet so peaceful.
What lessons could we humans learn from this type of efficiency and perfected order?
“Busy as a bee” has a whole new meaning after watching the movements and actions of a healthy hive. They (the colony) run like a well-oiled machine.
The queen honey bee has a crucial responsibility to lay eggs in order to have a strong brood for her colony to continue on.
The male honey bee (drone) has the single purpose of mating with the queen (he doesn’t even have a stinger). Drones are harmless.
Baby bees help each other as they emerge. Real teamwork… Different days in the age of infancy they take on different roles. These worker bees are all females and labor together for the benefit of the colony.
Awestruck as I observe sheer intelligence and diligence of each bee task: queen attendant bees, nurse bees, feeding bees, housekeeper bees, comb building bees, honey making bees, undertaker bees, guard bees, and the eldest of the workers are the foraging bees. The job description of each is specific and completed with perfection.
So much about the honey bee is misunderstood. They are a gentle species (Apis mellifera) and only sting when provoked, unlike other bees (most have had a painful unprovoked experience with a yellow jacket or wasp). Learn the difference in appearances so you can begin to recognize the honey bee from the other species.
The honey bee pollinates a lot of our common foods. Statistics say one-third of our food is pollinated by honey bees. What a restricted diet we would have if it wasn’t for the honey bee visiting crops for pollination. Just wow! Another wowzer is the lack of nutritious food if the honey bees didn’t pollinate fruits and veggies. How about you coffee lovers? Almond fans? You guessed it, honey bees pollinate the coffee beans and almonds.
Understandably not everyone is cut out to bee a back yard beekeeper, but everyone can do something to help. Plant flowers and gardens, put our water sources, and refrain from using pesticides. That’s worth repeating “don’t use pesticides” (please).
Different climates and regions as well as personal preferences vary when it comes time to plant, but don’t forget when the time is right, consider honey bees as friends and plant some flowers. Besides – planting and being outdoors is good for most of us. Experiencing nature is rewarding for our mind, body, and soul!
Spread the buzz and bloom where you can.