Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bees- The End

The bees have gone, not in the way I had hoped they would, but I guess that is just life sometimes.

The reasons I decided not to have them removed alive are explained throroughly here by Richard the Entomologist in a much better way than ever I could.

The bee man that came today agreed that they were almost certainly Africanized bees, and that relocation would be possible, but inadvisable. He was very nice to the slightly strange English woman, and answered all her questions patiently.

Now there is just a sad little pile of bee bodies under the tree, and I am feeling ridiculously bereft.

What a strange world we live in.

10 comments:

fullfreezer said...

I hadn't even considered that they might be Africanized. How sad.
But we do what we need to do in this world.
Judy

Mo said...

Thanks Judy.

bodaat said...

wow, i had no idea that bees could be so aggressive...it sounds like you made the right decision given that these bees could potentially have been harmful to you all. wow, good thing you received this kind of information before something bad happened.

Amber said...

I really empathize with you Mo, and what a difficult thing you had to go through just because they landed in your tree. As another admirer of bees and their honey making abilities I have become concerned over their plight also. I am sorry for 'your' bees, but most of all I think you did the wise thing. Sad yes, but stay focused on the reality of the "greater good" here.
Indeed we do live in a strange world-
sending you hugs!

Jenn said...

I commend you for gathering as much information as you could, and making an informed decision.

I too, mourn the loss of bees to colony collapse.

But safety should for the kids should be first on your mind.

You did the right thing.

Mo said...

Thank you all, you are all very kind.

I still feel strange, and a little sad. It seems so counter intuitive to kill bees when they are having problems elsewhere, but then apparently there really are many bees here in AZ for pollination purposes, just not so many of the "calm" European kind!

Most of all, it has reminded me that everything we do has consequences, and even when we approach something from a
viewpoint that we consider to be best for the earth, it often has unforseen consequences. No easy choices I guess.

Thanks again my friends! x

Marilyn said...

I completely know how you feel. We had a swarm a year ago last May. After they didn't leave, a dear friend who has kept bees for years told me the same thing, most of the bees here are africanized. We also exterminated them because I was so afraid for my grandchildren, one of whom is allergic to bees, to be in the back yard. I wanted them to be able to enjoy my garden without fear of being stung. However, the early part of the summer I felt like I didn't have many bees, since my squash and cucumbers were not being fertilized. Maybe you can be sure to plant bee-attracting flowers this fall to help them return to your garden.

Aiyana said...

It's just as well, Africanized bees are really a blight. I waited all until July for some Mason bees to inhabit the new tube I bought, but no such luck. I'm just glad I didn't attract a swarm of agressive bees!
Aiyana

Mo said...

Hi Aiyana,

I too have been trying to attract native bees and had a very persistant and welcome leaf cutter bee who tried to nest under out patio table. I think the dogs put it off finally though because after seeing it for a few days going in and out with leaf pieces I haven't seen it for a while now. I am thinking of making some bee blocks and maybe then will have more luck with the "good" bees!

Amy said...

I sympathize with you, my friend. I wish that there had been a happier ending to your bee story.

I hope you feel better knowing you did more than most people would have---at least you gave them a chance.

Ultimately, you made the right decision. (I know you know that but I thought you could stand to hear it again.)