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Bees to Honey Nearing my father-in-laws house I was surrounded by a concrete jungle Tax services restaurants and shopping centers were closing in on me I then turned the corner onto Cherry Street This put me on a residential block A man was walking his dog and a family with young children was returning home from an unknown adventure Little did I know I was about to embark on a journey all my own Over twenty-years ago my father-in-law Lynn Cheatum was helping a neighbor cut down a dead tree In this dead tree was a colony of bees and a lot of honey I was fascinated by it Lynn said recalling the incident He then began telling me how his curiosity of bees had always been there but he had never acted upon it Lynn was still unable to act on this curiosity because one of his neighbors was violently allergic to bees This neighbor had to get a shot once a month just in case a bee stung him so he wouldnt die A few years later in 1977 Lynn moved and was able to start his apiary a place where you keep bees and their hives He mail ordered his bees from Sears and Roebuck Lynn remembers the bees came in a cage with a screen similar to a window screen on one side The bees also had a supply of sugar water to keep them fed The queen bee was separate from the other bees the workers and the drones The queens cage is about half the size of a package of cigarettes Worker bees are the female bees in the hive that collect the pollen and do the work to keep up the hive The worker bees also protect the hive After they sting an intruder the bee dies Drones are the male bees that do nothing but eat the honey and fly
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