Thursday, August 31, 2006
Bee Tree, Beeless Tree
A few weeks ago, I was excited to find this bee tree in the hinterlands of my property. When I walked the trail that runs behind my barn and range, I would ease up to it, peek inside, and stand still while dozens of bees went back and forth ignoring me. The number of flights was amazing. Standing there in the bee flight line was like being on I-75 in Atlanta at night as plane after plane descends towards the airport .. only faster and buzzier.
The bee hive was located inside a knothole whose opening was canted up. Apparently, the droughty summer allowed the bees to be successful with this less than ideal weather protection until ...
... the rains came. The view above is looking inside the knothole. The bees are gone and I am assuming it was because of the last two weeks of almost daily ,very heavy afternoon showers. Some were intensely tropical rains and the faulty roof of this nest probably allowed the hive to flood.
This all happened before Tropical Bipolar Storm Ernesto, who did not give us any rain as it slid to the east.
I'm hoping the bees survived to swarm off to a better tree.