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The Fruit of a Honey Bee Colony is not Honey, it's a Swarm

The fruit of an apple tree is not, ultimately, an apple... it's an orchard.

An apple is food for many creatures, including humans, but the ultimate purpose of an apple is to carry the genetics of the apple tree and to produce an orchard.  The end goal of the apple tree's fruit is the propagation of the species.

Likewise, the fruit of a honey bee colony is not honey, it is a swarm.  If the analogy holds, honey is more like the sap of an apple tree.  It carries the nutrients that feed the organism.  But the core, driving goal of a honey bee colony is the propagation of the species through the casting of swarms.  That is the true fruit of the colony.

If an orchardist was doing all that they could to mitigate the production of apples on their apple trees would they be considered a good orchardist?  Of course not.  In the same way, as preservation beekeepers, are we cultivating our "orchard" to produce abundant, healthy, vibrant fruit?

 


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