Saturday, May 16, 2009
News about the Swarm of bees from the azalea bush
As you may recall,in my post of 20 April 2009, entitled "Swarm of bees in the azalea bush" - which you can find below - I explained how this swarm of honey bees was removed by Cindy Bee, Bee's Honey Bee Removal, a beekeeper in our area, while I was taking pictures of the operation.
She sent me a follow-up on these visiting honey bees. Here is what Cindy said:
"The bees are doing very well and the queen has taken off in egg laying. The workers are bringing in pollen and have almost finished drawing out the 10 frames of comb in the brood chamber. They're packing in honey and I'm ready to add another super (box) on the hive. Their pollination abilities alone make them so important to our environment."
In the newspapers I had read that honey bees are disappearing in at least 24 of our states. This is why I was trying to have a professional remove them safely. The mysterious disappearance of honeybees is not only affecting the livelihood of the beekeepers but the pollination of numerous crops. In the United States, up to $14 billions of seeds and crops of vegetables,fruits and nuts are pollinated by honeybees. So this disappearance is very alarming.
If this trend continues, we won't see anymore of these "over the top" pictures.
These are French bee keepers - see the beret below...