Death in Bee Land

Silent homes.

Silent homes.

Two of our hives died this winter. It’s so sad to see the tiny bodies. People complain about invasive species. Some of these people have hives. Yet honeybees are transplants from Europe. In fact, the Indians hated when they saw honeybees  because they knew the white settlers weren’t far behind. I guess sweet invaders are acceptable . . .

8 thoughts on “Death in Bee Land

    1. Yes, it’s very sad to imagine you have thousands of little lives to care for though they’re sort of wild creatures. I love seeing them around the flowers I plant–they’re actually cute. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So sorry to hear about your hives! I guess you are following all the stories about bee-related deaths. There was a bunch of stuff out about it this week. It’s all very disturbing.

    1. I love our bees–and the honey of course. My husband and I find it very interesting that beekeepers have changed the size of honeybees by forcing them to use manufactured foundations that are bigger–presumably to get more honey. My husband made a top bar hive which allows the bees to decide how big they want things and the bees seemed to love it, but the bottom fell out (maybe an animal opened the clasps) and the bees froze! Next time we’ll know better but it was very sad. The other hive just died. maybe mites.

      I try to remember that there are other pollinators and that honeybees were never native to America. Everyone survived without them. I have no proof but I just think greed and transporting vast amounts of bees all over the country stressed the populations. And then there are the pesticides. Ugh.

      Some of the most experienced beekeepers here in NY are losing 40% of their hives in a year. It all gets very expensive. But I want to give it one more try 🙂

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