Last week I began looking at the life of a bee colony. As the numbers grow the colony can reach the point at which it becomes too big for the hive, the worker bees start turning one of the female eggs into a queen. They do this by surrounding the egg with lots of royal jelly. This egg will grow more quickly and when she hatches she must mate within the first 3 weeks, so she leaves the hive and mates with a drone who then dies. His sole purpose was to mate with her. She stores his sperm and will use it to create female eggs in the future. Now that the colony has 2 queens it splits with half of the bees following the old queen to search for a new site. In order for the old queen to be able to fly the workers stop feeding her for a couple of days so that she slims down a bit. She is not much bigger than them and so is able to fly. This swarm normally breaks off from the colony in June / July giving them time to establish a new hive before winter.
The colony continues to grow until August, building up honey reserves to see them through the winter. The queen then begins to lay fewer eggs and the colony starts to kill any remaining drones. They bite off their wings and throw them out of the hive since they no longer serve any purpose. The queen normally stops laying at the end of autumn and the bees huddle together on the hive frames through the winter, eating the stored honey.
In Part 3 I’ll start looking at some of the issues facing the honey bee.
(This is an extract from my article which you can read in full here)
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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