Telling the Bees

Telling the bees is a tradition dating back to Medieval times, where a designated “beespeaker” visited the apiaries to tell the bees about significant events in the lives of the community. It is still thought by some apiarists that when a beekeeper dies someone must inform the hives of his of her death and introduce them to their new keeper. It has been observed that failure to report the beekeeper’s death will cause the bees to swarm.

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One Response to Telling the Bees

  1. Greg G says:

    What is the method for informing the hive that my father their keeper has died and I am going to be their keeper henceforth?

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