Okay, I’m walking into the woods heading to about 30 beehives and before I do I have to get mentally ready.
Keep Calm and Breathe
Even started my own mantra – “I’m one with the bee, I’m one with the bee, I’m the bee.”
About 75 to 100 yards in is the stack of hives about 8 wooden boxes with a busy bee flying about, in and out of the hive. I wasn’t nervous, it was beautiful. I was about ten feet away and all was good. I thought I would move on to the other 20 hive groups.
As I approached I could hear a loud buzzing, that should have been a warning for me to leave. I got about fifteen feet and noticed all the hives seemed to be more active and one had tons of bees piled up at the opening.
Being Shot With Live Bee-Bees
What was that… A bee shot itself at me hitting me like a kid’s nerf darts/bullet…then again, hitting my arm, my leg, over and over…not stinging me but freaking me out. Then more bees started to buzz around me. It was like being shot with live Daisy BB rounds of Honey Bees!
Now I’m walking away chanting aloud – ONE WITH THE BEE – ONE WITH THE BEE – ONE WITH THE BEE. ONE WITH THE BEE – ONE WITH THE BEE – ONE WITH THE BEE!
Not running, I don’t want to trigger the bee’s amazing alarm defenses, but I was not moving at a snail’s pace.
A Beekeepers Wisdom
Later on, I texted my friend and shared my experience. He thought I was so brave to venture back there (and in such bad weather conditions after he harvested honey) just in a t-shirt and shorts. He said he would never do that, and he’s a beekeeper. Ignorance is bliss!
What about the Honey Bee Behavior I ask?
Why were the bees shooting at me like Nerf darts? It’s possible the Honey Bees were defending their hive, but I was no real threat, and fifteen feet away. HoneyBees fly at top speeds of 15 mph – and they can fly the same path and land within inches. So the logical answer is this big, blue, guy, Chato Stewart, was a huge wall in the way of these awesome, buzzy, little Honeybees.
PS. No, I did not get stung as I drew in the Family Stew Mental Health Humor Cartoon series. I took some artistic license and added it for effect. 🙂
Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor
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Stewart, Chato. (2018). Tactless People. Psych Central. Retrieved on Aug 28, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/09/mind-matter-2
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