Thinking of Becoming a Beekeeper?
Story by Brooke Fedigan
Photo: © Megan Denver
When one takes a step back and takes a close look atinsects, the word that immediately comes to mind is
annoyance. Flies, ants and for gosh sakes, ticks—I’m having a hard time finding any good in these pests. However, there is one insect that is the king of them all—or should I say, in this case, the queen of them all—and that is the bee.
There’s a lot of truth in the old saying “busy as a bee.” Whatever the type of bee, the fact of the matter is they all work hard. They stay busy. They protect their queen and their habitat, all the while producing an organic, delicious and multiuse golden product.
Seems only fitting, the multiuse part. What with all the hard work that said bees clock in, day in and day out, industrious is the name of their game. Though the buzz about bees becoming endangered is true in several states, it’s global warming that is truly affecting them. With the winters turning in warmer temperatures, flowers are starting to bloom before the bees are ready to pollinate. This in turn creates colony collapse disorder. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen. They fly the coop, so to speak, and go look for work and a new home elsewhere.