Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Bee Wars

The air was full of bees. At first I thought they were swarming, but the internet tells me bees don't swarm at this time of year- so I had to think again- and then I saw a couple on the ground- grappling- and one was a bee and one was a wasp- and I realized there was a war on.

The bees have a nest under the eaves and the wasps were raiding it. The battle lasted for the best part of the afternoon. I sat out on the swing seat- in the middle of  the action- quite safe- like Pierre Bezukhov at Borodino- with the fighters whizzing about my ears.

Ailz tells me wasps raid hives to take bees captive and steal honey. I've no idea if this crew achieved their objective, but they're gone now and the life of the hive has returned to normal.


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