The Most Important thing to Human Survival … the Honey Bee

by Trish Utter

You might be irritated by the buzzing sound of a honey bee in your yard, or even afraid of being stung, but the honey bee is not aggressive and just wants to collect pollen and go about its tasks. Honey bees have no interest in humans and will not harm you. It is vitally important that we protect honey bees, as without them, our world would be barren of fruits and vegetables and ultimately, this would lead to human dismiss.

Honey bees pollinate most of the crops grown around the world and they’re responsible for the foods we enjoy. Just think what the world would be like without trees, bushes, and flowers. Most of the earth would probably look like deserts. Animals would also be affected, as they would not have the grasses and grains that bees pollinate, so gone would be your steak, hamburgers and barbeque!

Local beekeeper Chappie McChesney is trying to make a difference by educating individuals on the job of beekeeping. McChesney enjoys teaching beekeeping and the handling of bees and the production of honey. Many have attended his classes in schools, clubs and other locations.

McChesney is also the founder of the North Central Florida Beekeepers Association. McChesney says, “Many folks in Alachua and the surrounding counties have reported seeing many more honey bees in their gardens, which is great news”.

One of the largest bee clubs is the Marion County Beekeepers Club in Ocala, where McChesney also teaches for the Master the Possibilities School quarterly.

“We welcome everyone to become involved in saving our precious pollinators by cutting down on the use of harmful chemicals in your gardens,” says McChesney. The new bee season has started and bees are out searching for pollen and nectar to help feed the thousands of new bees in their hives. While searching for a new home, they may stop to rest somewhere on your property, but don’t bee alarmed…ha, ha!

If you see a swarm of honey bees, please do not spray them or try to kill them as they are very necessary to our survival. You might even want to plant some flowers to help our local honey bees.

When a swarm is spotted please call Chappie 386-462-2637, so he may come out to rescue the bees.

Regardless of whether you want to become a beekeeper or just support keeping our pollinators alive you are welcome to contact Chappie via his e-mail chappiesbees@windstream.net.