May is here. Time for bees to swarm.Posted May 13, 2013
What am I up to these days? I may have mentioned, but for those who haven’t read me before, I am a hobby beekeeper. Yes, I am one of those strange beings you see garbed like someone from a hazmat team. For those who’ve known me for a long time, this has come as quite a shock. I loved fashion, still do. I will wear my four-inch heels till I’m a hundred. Love the hair, the makeup, the accessories. I love it all. But me in a beekeeper’s suit, hard to believe for some.
You’ve probably all heard about bees being killed by our pesticides and about how devastating for our agriculture this will be, unless we find a solution. For this reason, I decided to do my bit for the planet, and I started keeping bees.
Last week I happened to be away when one of my hives decided to swarm. (This is when a hive becomes too crowded. The bees produce a new queen and half the hive leaves with the old queen to find a new home.) Last year I was so proud of myself because I managed to capture not one, but two swarms. If I do it again, I promise to get it on film and show you. But for now you’ll have to settle for the short film of my bees swarming that a neighbor was able to take. The good news is that even after that swarm of about twenty thousand bees, I still have at least that many left in the hive. We’ll have a bumper crop of honey this year. Yumm.
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