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The buzz on bees

June 17, 2012

What's that noise overhead? Is it a bird, a plane, or Superman? This buzz could very well be a swirling and airborne mass of thousands of honey bees. This is a common and predictable occurrence, as May and June is the typical time period for what beekeepers call "swarming season." It's a natural phenomenon whereby the older queen, along with approximately one half of the worker honey bees leave the old hive to take up residence at a new location. This natural instinct is nature's way of reproducing more colonies. Considering it's an innate process, along with the fact that honey bees pollinate about one third of our food resources and produce honey, truly a wonder food in and of itself, they are best left alone without human interference so that nature can take its course. Harming them would only add to the problem of the reported and drastic decline in their population numbers.



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