While on routine patrol looking for gopher holes, I spotted what looked like bubble wrap on the opposite side of the yard. Walking over to investigate, I discovered to my surprise this was not trash but rather a piece of honeycomb. My mind was full of questions, why was it in our yard and how did it get there. Only one thing produced honeycombs, honey bees! So the investigation began.
Looking around, I spotted … an object, hanging from the tree slightly above my head. All it took was one long look, and there was no doubt in my mind what it was a beehive. After taking a good look, I slowly backed away only to return later with a camera to document.
Upon further examination it looked like the branch the bees were on was leaning due to the weight of the hive! With the monsoon season approaching quickly, and bringing with tremendous windstorms. My mom’s concern was that the hive might fall out of the tree! Due to its location it could fall and we would not know it and she did not want the little kids to be playing outside in the back with lots of angry bees nearby. So began the debate. Do we move the bees to a hive and keep them, leave the hive alone since it appeared to have been there for awhile, or do we hire someone to remove them? My dad didn’t want to spend the money on the items needed to keep the bees since he wanted chickens but my mom and I wanted to keep them to start a beehive. So how did it turn out? Stay tuned …..