We recently noticed a hive of activity (pun intended) in our old mango tree. A swarm of insects was busily constructing a new home along one of the branches, and we were wondering whether or not to let them proceed.
After learning that they were honey bees and not wasps or other territorial, easily aggravated stinging insects, we decided to leave them alone. A few people advised us otherwise, but these were our reasons for our decision:
Honey bees don’t attack people unless their territory is under attack. This hive is up in a tree, and we never go climbing around in the tree, so they shouldn’t feel threatened by us.
Honey bees are great pollinators. As a gardener, I welcome all the help I can get from Nature.
Honey bees produce honey. I may never get to taste the honey from this particular hive, but then again, I just might… Who knows?
Honey bees are becoming extinct around the world, and I am pro-nature. We shouldn’t kill or remove them on the possibility that they could harm us.
Besides, this is not the first time we’ve had a bee hive around here. It is, however, the closest I’ve ever seen one, thanks to the camera zoom. On one occasion, a hive was built on the side of the house; another one was up high in our old apple mango tree. Neither of them were noticed until much later when they were already abandoned. We also haven’t had any incidents with bee stings since I was a kid, which was… quite some time ago. So I have hopes that the bees will once again live in quiet harmony with us.
One last reason to leave the honey bees alone: as a friend said, it’s lucky to have them around! That may be a superstitious way of looking at it, but bees are industrious and a hive can be considered a symbol of prosperity. I can live with that.