Whoa! I need to sit down again. Last nights class was…HORRIFIC! Rob Zombie would have run screaming. If you don’t know who Rob Zombie is..well..he has the word “zombie” in his name, so really that is all you need to know about him. Now back to last nights class. It was all about colony health. I should have realized it was going to be graphic when the instructor gave us a warning that the contents of tonight’s class will be grim. Grim..I am pretty sure he used the words grim.
Let me start by saying the instructor, Serge, approaches beekeeping in the most natural and organic way possible. He does not believe in treating the colonies with any type of chemicals, and he strongly believes we should not interfere with the process of natural selection if we are to have strong healthy bees. We could argue until we are blue in the face about that subject, but since I agree with him and this is a one sided conversation…I WIN!
When I first sat down to write this post I was detailing all the horrible ways bees could get sick. It was about 20 pages of disgusting details and I started to get really grossed out. It was just like an after school special that one does not recover from too easily. So to be kind to all of you, I have deleted all the details and quite frankly you can google it if you are really interested. I went home after that class and took a hot shower and relaxed on the couch with a glass of wine….or two.