Bee Talk @ the Chapel:
by Simone Dippon, Chapel Apiarist (beekeeper)
YES, the sunny rooftop at the chapel is now home to 2 very tiny bee swarms, safely housed in 2 separate Warre Style hive boxes. Both swarms spent a few weeks at our family home in EL Cerrito, a few feet away from our patio table so we could enjoy their company. Just like most honeybees in our climate they are gentle, mellow and happily going about their nectar and pollen searching business.
Africanized hybrid bee strains can only survive in warmer climates like San Diego and are not suitable for urban beekeeping, even if introduced into our area they would not survive.
Our area is home to the European honey bee. They are absolutely fascinating: dedicated, hard working, extremely loyal, good house cleaners, caring nurse mates, innate building skills and ferocious defenders of their hive, strong foragers, dancers, able to fine-tune temperature through cooling and warming, skilled in finding, collecting and mixing medicinal material with antiseptic properties, great sense of direction, gentle if unprovoked, great fliers and much more.
Please talk to me at the chapel if you are curious or have more questions around these ‘new comers’. If you would like to get involved with the bees @ the chapel you can also e-mail me.
I will keep you updated!