bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The best question

Here's the best question I've heard about bees in a very long time. A child recently asked a local beekeeper:

“How often does a queen bee die?”
Brilliant! That kid “gets it”. The local beekeeper appeared not to think much of the query, but to me it crystallized the notion that with honeybees the colony is the individual. Or to put it another way -- how often does a colony's queen die?


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