The Silence of the Hive

Fabulous article on bees!

The Druid's Garden

A full hive with bees working A full hive with bees working

What you quickly learn as a beekeeper is that the sound of the hive matters.  When you first get into a hive, if the hive is in good health and has all of its needs met, hive is generally pretty quiet (I talk about the hive as a single organism, because that’s really what bees are: a single super organism.) Beehives always have some buzzing in them–the bees move around, beat their wings, and go about tending their young and storing away pollen and honey. Sometimes, a hive is louder when you arrive–the bees are fanning the hive with their wings to keep it cool, or they are beating their wings to generate heat in the winter to keep it warm (you don’t open the hive under 50 degrees). But in the absence of extreme hot or cold, a happy and healthy hive emits…

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