Uganda Honey

Honey in its purest

B.E.S.T. in progress……………………

Honeybees were once treated as enemy or pest when it gets into a home. Not anymore. With proper education and sensitization, we can actually live harmoniously together with them.

Mr. Zolkaflil Aris had a colony of apis cerana nesting in his letter box for almost a year now. Being an animal lover, he was reluctant to have that colony destroyed. He was wondering what to do with it.

When I arrived at his residence in Damasara, I realized that urbanization had destroyed many natural habitat for these little ladies. I believed if they had their choices, they would not want to interfere with us humans. But with the fast pace of urbanization and deforestation to make way for our development, their natural habitat were somehow encroached.

I shared with Mr. Aris how he can convert his letterbox into a comfortable home for these honeybees and learn how to live with them. In return, this new hobby of his will be rewarding. For the effort in looking after them, they will provide a regular flow of honey for his family.

This idea had created a win win situation for all. Instead of killing them, with proper knowledge instilled, human and insect can live harmoniously together.

Mr. Aris was taught how to calm the bees with a simple smoker.

Opening up the "beehive" for the very first time.

A colony of apis cerana well under controlled.

A little bit more smoke to let them stay in place.

A wild colony of apis cerana had became a family pet for Mr. Aris.

After going through the process a few times, He felt that honeybees were not as dangerous as one always looked at them if there understood their needs and wants. Getting aggressive is just part of nature’s way in protecting themselves. If they were handled with tender loving care, they can be very good house pets.

Before we part, his wisdom gave me a new light in having honeybees as pets. He said,” Whenever people go for holidays, they tend to worry about their pets. Where should they put them, who to feed them, will they be stressed if they don’t come back soon. But as for honeybees being so independent, they do not have to worry for them, they find their own food and look after themselves”.

He had bought a new letter box for his normal mails since then.

I am glad that I had embarked on a journey that life lessons never end. 🙂

B.E.S.T. – Bringing Ecology and Society Together.

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September 12, 2011 - Posted by | apiculture, bee colony, bee hive, Beekeeping, beekeeping journal | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Lesster,

    Greetings from Malaysia. Interesting blog.

    I am keen on learning beekeeping but have not been able to locate anyone in Malaysia who runs a beekeeping course. Do you know of any?

    Thanks.

    LS

    Comment by Loke Sim | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi, i’m not actually a beekepper, yet, but love everything bee and have mentioned your great blog in my latest post at Bees Hive. You are also in the Beekeeper blogs list soon. Cheers.

    Comment by Georgie B | September 23, 2011 | Reply


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