Drift

 One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead. Proverbs 21:16   Honey bees don’t always return to the correct hive; eager to unload their gathered treasures, honey bees will occasionally get off track, and land at the doorstep of the wrong colony.  Beekeepers call this “drifting”. If the colony is in need of resources, the little bee, laden with food might be accepted, or she might find herself fending off attacking guard bees.  Although drifting can increase the population of a small colony, it can also adversely affect a colony’s health.  You’ve heard the story of the Trojan Horse?  This bee might be carrying varroa mites, or the spores of AFB (American Foulbrood).  Her drifting into the...

Clutter

  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 Honey bees are really into housekeeping.  I, on the other hand, am not.  Honey bees are dutiful in cleaning, polishing cell walls and removing clutter from their hive.  By comparison, I have that odious pile of mail that gathers dust in the corner, a closet full of clothes that no longer fit me, and gadgets (et al) I will no longer use but can’t seem to part with. Clutter, is everywhere. Bees are very good at removing “clutter” unless it’s something they REALLY love, like nectar.  Bees can overstock their hive creating a situation known as “honey bound”.  It means...