It could have been a scene from a grade B horror movie entitled “The Swarm”… Thousands upon thousands of bees around a hive in plain sight in broad daylight. They picked a fairly sturdy branch on a tree directly over a two lane road that is passed fairly often! We like to take brisk walks at the beach to burn up some of the calories we take in, and in recent months this small clump of bees has steadily grown to what now is one of the largest hanging hives/swarms I have ever seen. Thank goodness for 20x zoom on the camera or I would never think to voluntarily get so close to this bunch of busy, and potentially nasty group of bees. And we are talking buff bees here, not the tiny wasps or smaller bee varieties. They must have had in-house gym facilities.
They were so “high-density-bee-per-space” that you couldn’t even see a hint of the honeycomb within. And because of the shape of the branch, the shape of the hive looked a bit unusual as opposed to all the cartoon-like perfect half football shaped hives I had grown up to expect. But I did briefly think about how to harvest the honey, or perhaps get some beeswax to make long-lasting and no-drip candles with. One of our crew said there were different prayers or chants you had to recite in order to ward off bee stings while you collected the honey. I told him he could try that approach while I covered myself in double netting… hahaha. Don’t worry, we never thought seriously of disturbing these amazing insects.
I’ve done several bee/honey posts in the past, so if you are curious, you might want to check out:
And finally, there was a fairly lengthy discussion on the benefits of bees, spearheaded by bettyq in the comments section, on this post on pitaw a few months back…