First I learned that I guess bumblebees reproduce through live birth, which…I had never even imagined was possible? Anyhow, after that, it was pretty much inevitable that I’d keep clicking on Related Videos until I fell asleep. Hope you’re well.
This, you know, pretty quickly led to “Honey Bee Queen Getting Balled in My Bare Hand (workers trying to kill the queen)”
“I’ve never seen anything like this before, so I just picked it up off the ground…These bees are very agitated.” That is not my first response to seeing a cluster of angry bees, but sure, I’ll watch this!
“The term “balling” in the honey bee world has nothing to do with sex, as some people have commented. Sorry guys.”
“Installing a new queen bee to a Langstroth hive after squishing the old queen because her progeny were always a little bit surly and a bit too much in our faces.”
Not a bad idea!
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