fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Sunday, June 20, 2010

And speaking of hive minds

I wish we could keep them. Bees are just cool. But they also might decide to hive in the chimney one day and maybe someone would be allergic to their stings.

But I've been reading this Internet doo-hickey and bee keeping a single hive is not especially labor intensive. And imagine the honey and wax we'd have!

I don't think these are the Africanized ("killer") bees. They are rather docile, even when I tried to get them to leave on their own with some smoke. Did you know that Africanized bees may have aggressiveness as a gene? Makes you wonder about nature and nurture.


willow and moo said...

I can understand the appeal. I'm lucky because I can source honey very easily. A teacher at school has hives and there are a few places near school that have honey.

1 out of 4 said...

I vote for keeping them, course I don't have to listen to kids screaming about bees. Oh wait I do, but ours are hornets and we do NOT want to keep them ;-)



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