Apr. 24th, 2017

Bees

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:19 pm
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I went out back with the bee spray looking for hives. Over the past few days I have seen bees flying around the patio, even knocking at the very kitchen screen-door. Kind of big bees, too. And wholly black. A new sub-specie in the region?

My motivation picked up for my search & destroy machine today because one of those bees succeeded in bumbling its way into the kitchen. It must have been when I let Sammy in, as he took his sweet time as usual, despite my giving a good look-around before opening the door.

You are not supposed to use this spray in the house, but I was not going to take a fly-swatter or a shoe to it. You don't bring a knife to a gunfight. And I got the armed intruder. Or at least I think I did. It fell to the kitchen counter against the window, struggling to rise again, and I shot it again. It was still writhing about, and I was walking toward it to give it the coup de grace, until I noticed another bee at the door. It was outside, but close. I was focused on it, and I gave it a blast through the screen-door. I made contact, as it bugged out, but my shot was doubtlessly blunted and it got away. When I turned my attention back to the bee on the counter, it was gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. Well, that certainly made me nervous, but it clearly was not flying around. And it was so crippled and surely dying. I like to think that it just somehow found a dark crevice to die in peace. The spooky thing, though, is I don't know that for sure.

Worse, I could not find a single beehive. I gave it my all, looking under the patio furniture and along the sides of the house. But nothing. The neighbor might be hosting them, and our yard is just within their hunting range. The spooky thing, though, is I don't know that for sure.

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