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Don’t kill the honeybees

SoVaNow.com / April 17, 2014


Dear Viewpoint:

Each spring from the last of March until the last of May, honeybees swarm. When the hive becomes crowded the old queen senses that a new queen is about to be born. She leaves the hive with about half of the worker bee and lands nearby to form a large cluster or ball or bees. Search bees form this cluster roam the surrounding countryside to locate a new home.

Last spring a friend contacted me about a swarm located on a small shrub in South Boston, next to the street. My wife and I loaded a hive and other equipment on our truck to get the bees. We found the bees very easily but when I opened the truck door my worst fears were realized. The air was saturated with gasoline vapors. Some thoughtless individual had poured gasoline over the beautiful swarm of honeybees. It killed all of them except about a dozen that happened to be flying around when the senseless act was done. Please! Honeybees are essential for our wellbeing. Without them for pollination many of our fruits and vegetables would not exist. If you happen to see a cluster of bees call a beekeeper or the Halifax County Extension Office who can give you the name of someone in your area who keeps bees. We need them!

Sincerely,
Hugh Gravitt
Virgilina

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