Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee
I have two memorable regrets when it comes to bees.
One was pinching a fine Buckfast queen from a colony that had produced almost 300 lbs of honey the year before. She was 3 years old, and all the books said " re-queen every year, or at least every other year".
The other was destroying a bumblebee nest that had established in an abandoned compost pile out in the corner of the lot. We had a toddler, and I saw them as a threat.
Both occurred over 30 years ago.
Both were done through ignorance (not stupidity). I just didn't know then what I know now.
After 40 years of beekeeping, I've come to realize that the bees can fix most of my mistakes.