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Morgan and the bee - waggledancers

chas_Aug. 19th, 2009 04:35 am Morgan and the bee

So I was outside with my youngest child. While he rode his tricycle, I was working on a wood project. Mainly I was just sanding down some wood to prep it for giving it a coat of polyurethane.


Morgan rode around a bit, but eventually settled in to watch Dad work on his project and see if he could help. While I was there, a couple of bees dropped in. I'm not sure what attracted them. At that point I was only sanding and Morgan was covered in sweat from riding his trike in the heat. We didn't have any sweet drinks or anything like that out for them to be attracted to, but they hung around quite a while. Morgan left his helmet on and I watched one of the ladies buzz around his helmet quite a bit, eventually even going into one of the holes of it for a little while. I figured that, at the least, they were thirsty enough to try and get the sweat of of Morgan. They buzzed me a little, but nothing like him.

Having been a beekeeper in my youth, I told Morgan to just relax. I also advised him that as long as he didn't make any sudden moves or run around screaming and flailing, then he wouldn't get stung. After a while he really lost his fear. Eventually one of them even landed on his chest, just below his neck. She was there for quite a bit and he just sat there like it was pretty much a normal event. I fumbled in my pants for my phone, but by the time I was ready to snap a photo, she'd  flown off.

Some time later, he was still wearing his helmet and the girls were still buzzing us. I'd left my phone out in order to snap a pic in case one of the bees landed on him again. Lo and behold one did and this time I got a few pics. He squeezed his eyes shut because I'd told him to, so that the bee might not accidentally go over his eye(I don't care how calm you are, it takes a lot of calmness to not freak at seeing a bug crawling over your eye - I didn't care to find out if he had that much calmness).

So here are the pics:

From Morgan and the bee


From Morgan and the bee


From Morgan and the bee


He's now been bitten by the bee bug and wants to keep bees(he wanted to keep the two who buzzed us, but I convinced him that we shouldn't). Of course, he's four, so we'll see if it really lasts. I need to see if my sister-in-law will allow me to put hives in her yard as we live in an apartment. It's probably too late to get a package of bees, but I can start buying all the bits we'll need to do the job as well as building the supers for next year. I've really been wanting to get back into keeping, but living in apartments really puts a damper on that.


EDIT: The pics should work now.

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From:chas_
Date:August 19th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Pics should be showing now.
From:squid_ink
Date:August 19th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
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WONDERFUL! What a brave future beek!

My husband is bee-phobic (your son is far braver than he!) so I found an outyard for my bees a couple of miles away. It's worked out well, the guy has 9 acres and borders a state park so pesticides are not a huge deal

I found him through an ad on Craigslist
From:chas_
Date:August 19th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't thought of doing that! If my sister-in-law doesn't agree to it or if the day comes where I have more hives than she's comfortable with, I'll definitely try that. Thanks for the idea. :)
From:squid_ink
Date:August 19th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I got alot of responses so I was able to pick and choose the site.. the guy gives me ready access and is rarely home, which is great.

keep us posted if you wind up setting up some hives! Its my second year, I'm a 'vegan beek' (not on purpose, but my hives went queenless so no honey this year or last year LOL) but I still enjoy my bees, even without the bounty.
From:bec_87rb
Date:August 19th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Can't see the images. :(
From:chas_
Date:August 19th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
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You should be able to see them now.