MYSTERIOUS BEE HIVE COLONY COLLAPSE IS EXPLAINED
The fun of having a blog is that I can express myself freely. No committee to choose the topic or editor peering over my shoulder, I can say anything I want without being told what to write or how to write it. So, here it goes…
I write about my observations of nature or something that is currently on my mind. Well, this week I have been preoccupied with the actions of the board of our homeowners association. We live in a condominium and are governed by a board elected by the homeowners. If one judges our homelife according to the beautiful picture of our pond at the heading of this column and by the accompanying photos found throughout this blog, one might think we live in utopia. Yes, our surroundings are beautiful but the atomosphere here in Pondville is far from ideallic.
Let me introduce you to some of the characters who live in Pondville. Some are worker bees who drive to and from work daily and sit in offices. Some are self-employed and work from their home, like myself. Others are retired worker bees who have exchanged the hectic office life for a life at the pond where they keep busy with hobbies, family and friends. Others don’t have enough outside interestes to properly occupy their time so they pass the time watching the grass grow and snowflakes accumulate. This second type of retired worker bee can create havoc within the community by complaining and micro managing. Like any active hive, most worker bees are busy bees and don’t have time for home improvements and community management. That is why most bees chose to live in a communal hive.
Although all come from varied backgrounds we all share a pride in our neighborhood. This statement sounds like it should be a uniting force, however, it has become a devicive point because each has a different concept of what is best for the community. Ideally, all the bees in the hive should be able to come together and work for the good of the community; but this only happens when the Queen Bee and her board will listen to the worker bees and then act accordingly. When all decisions and actions are done from the top with no regard to the community as a whole we have colony collapse. Colony collapse has been much in the news the last several years. In the spring, when the bees emerge from wintering in the hive scientiest have found that the numbers have been greatly reduced. Scientists are trying to figure out what causes the phenomon of colony collapse but I have the answer.
Our Queen Bee and her close sister bees and drones usually winter south while most of the worker bees are left to face the cruelty and dirty jokes of Jack Frost. While the decision-making bees are mostly absent during this trying time, many daily decisions which affect the safety, health and general welfare of the whole population of the hive are either ignored or made with little or no regard for the general population. Once spring arrives and the population reassembles at the pond, the worker bees who braved the winter weather are angry and the newly arrived bees are not in touch with the general mood of the hive. When it comes time to make decisions about repairs and budgeting the Queen Bee and her inner court blindly blunder their way through, ignoring the pleas of the lowly worker bees.
Statements such as, “we can do anything we want” and “this is not a democracy” (and therefore we can do anything we want) only serve to create more dissension. If only the Queen Bee and her inner court would stop buzzing long enough to listen to the common worker bees they might find that some of the lowly bees actually have good ideas. Not all brilliant ideas come from the top.