Week 2: Bee keeping in Carmel Valley Ranch.
"That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees" - Marcus Aurelius
What did I do:
This week, while in Carmel Valley Ranch for a wedding weekend, I took a crash course on honey bees at the local apiary. Bees are fascinating! Humans can learn so much from bees. They are amazing creatures whose contribution to mankind and nature is beyond measure. We can thank bees for pollination, honey and healing remedies. Bees are also a living example of an organized society.
Who was with me:
Being there for a wedding, I was with my friend Ashely and her then fiancé, now husband. We were also joined by a family who was friends of the groom with 6 adorable and highly intelligent children. They made the experience so much more fun and entertaining.
What did I learn:
I learned all about bees: types of bees, why they have stingers, how they pick the queen, what makes a queen bee so special, what the male bees do all day, how they de-throne the queen, etc. I can go on and on. After humans, bees are the most studied species by humans. And it’s no wonder, these little guys have an organized society that is highly productive and a testament to the infinite intelligence of mother nature and this universe. One fun fact: typically, 8 larva are feed royal jelly in place of honey which makes them candidates to become the queen. The first baby queen bee that gets out of her larva instinctively knows to go and sting the rest of the larva holding the other potential queens to get rid of her competition. I know what you are thinking, doesn’t a bee die after it has used it’s stinger? A normal every day bee would die but the queen bee can sting as many times as she wants, thanks to all that royal jelly.
Would I do this again:
I'd take my dad bee keeping. He loved this adventure after watching the episode. He actually asked me to go back and do another bee keeping adventure. Kinda missing the whole point of trying new things every week dad! I do recommend this experience, especially for families. The kids we were with had a blast.