Thursday, August 29

The Bee Experience

I don't have a writing lesson or a tale of encouragement but I do have my bee experience. 

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered a bee hive in our yard. Literally imbedded in our yard.

See the hive to your left? It's in the ground.In my yard.

Kinda cool, huh?

My friend did a little research and she determined they were miner bees. I Googled miner bees and became fascinated and quite proud that they had decided to share my space. Although I'm giving them clear berth.

Later that day, I sent a picture to my sister's phone. She was working at the county fair at the time and showed it to a professional beekeeper who said I should get rid of the hive. That they weren't miner bees but another bee that is dangerous. She said I should get a block of dry ice and place in the hive at night--when they are sleeping--and put a bucket over it.

I can't do it.

Besides the inate fear of approaching the hive after dark, I just can't bring myself to kill the bees based someone's opinion who saw a picture on a phone. 

Did you see Time last week?  

How can I endanger the eco-system of the world by destroying these bees?

A few years ago, I watched a documentary on the plight of the bees and became a bee supporter. You have to be if you want the world as we know it--or at least, you know, what to have crops to eat--to survive.

So, for now, I'm letting the bees stay. I don't use that part of the yard much anyway and now I don't use it all. 

But all-in-all, it's a pretty cool story. Have a great day!


  1. I'm afraid of bees, even though they fascinate me. Keep us posted!

  2. When we first planted our rose bush, I made sure to get a bee friendly insecticide. And we did have a hive in the ground once. We killed that one. Our grands play in the yard so it had to go.

  3. I'm allergic to bees, so not a big fan, although I do like honey! They can be deadly to horseback riders if an unsuspecting horse steps on a hive. I say let them stay, but be aware.

  4. I think knowing where they are is a big part of the battle and I do find them fascinating. And I do plan to stay clear :) And winter is coming...

  5. Bees are fascinating creatures, Margie, thank you for not killing them! I agree with you - taking the word of someone who saw a small picture on a phone? I would definitely want a second opinion...or to just let them live their lives.

  6. I wouldn't be able to do it either. As long as no one's in danger, I say, throw the bees a welcome party!