Breton bees are different, tips for approaching beekeepers

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What a joy bees! They buzz around, pollinate the flowers and produce honey. If the beekeeper wants to reap the honey, he opens the bee-hive and has plenty of harvest. The bees watch and are satisfied with sugar water. I have seen on TV many films in which the beekeepers have blown some smoke into the beehive and already the bees were quite peaceful.

But now to my experience with Breton bees. I own a small farm with some land outside. One day I discovered a swarm of bees that had settled near the fireplace. A fire in the fireplace had no effect on the behavior of the bees. I got a lot of good advice from a beekeeper. Finally, he gave me a bee-house. I put up near the swarm. After a few days the swarm had moved to the bee-shopping. I was beekeeper now!
Two months later ... In a specialist shop I bought the necessary utensils and a protective suit. I made my way to the work of full deed and in full protective gear. First was properly smoked. This is important because it soothes the bees.



Is not true. The bees rather panicked and think it burns. Then try to save as much as possible from her precious honey. So they are so busy that they forget to sting. Theoretically! A beehive has 10,000 bees, but it can also be 50,000. A whole lot of prickly insects, then. The expert knows, of course, that a beehive of only 20 to 30 "soldiers" is guarded. These battle bees are ready to stab and die for their queen. A bee can only sting once and then dies. Thus, the number of possible stitches is limited to 30. Provided the bees also know this.


Equipped with this soothing knowledge, I approach the beehive. The first time is always exciting, one says. With regard to a few thousand buzzing bees, this is certainly true. I open the lid and listen to the rum. It is known to man that he makes particularly shrill sounds when he is nervous. This is similar for bees. Because of the protective suit, the distance between the soldier's bee and the face is about 5 cm. This is a habit. But I trust the protective suit! The sounds are shrill, bees bounce against the suit and I feel as if I was stabbed. That can not be ! The protective suit protects! But still hurts! A stab in the elbow. Then a stitch in the neck.



beepoison is good for rheumatism! But I have no rheumatism. A good beekeeper is stung 5 to 6 times a year. This is part of the profession.
Says who ? Another stab in the other arm. I enter the uncontrolled retreat.
How are these films, in which beekeepers play with the bees? Without protective suit, without gloves. The riddle solution lies in the different varieties of bees. There are bees that have been domesticated for centuries and hardly sting. Then there is the African honey bee, which is also called Killerbee. These bees have already frightened two continents.



And, there is the Breton wild bee. I had the pleasure to make acquaintance with this species. This bee behaves appropriately. Adapted to Brittany. She defends her territory and her honey. And, she also punches by a protective suit. In Brittany everything is a little bit different.

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