Earlier this week I accompanied the kids on a school field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. We reached a point where a woman was giving a demonstration on electricity and electromagnetic currents. One by one as each of the kids in my group took turns placing their hands upon this large metal sphere and watching their hairs stand on end, I could not help but notice an exhibit just inches away from where I was standing.
I peered into a thick clear protective plastic orb and discovered this little fellow.
I had read about these little guys in Time Magazine. They were going to save us all.
I came up close and personal to something that had piqued my curiosity for so many months. It was no larger than a quarter.
was sleek, exciting, filled with demos, hands-on fun and videos. It certainly made folks excited about this kind of science. I on the other hand didn’t quite know what to think.
I had a staring contest with the thing. There was only one but videos showing many. How their brains would be built. How these would be smart. How these could do a “simple” job of pollinating our crops and much more.
My heart sank.
Would this truly one day replace this?
I encourage you to look into supporting research into the issues that currently plague our honeybee populations and fellow pollinators. As a beekeeper, I am trying to do my best to be a voice for these amazing insects. I can’t imagine a world without honey, without certain pollinator dependent crops, and without the dancing of bees from flower to flower in my garden.
We can’t lose the focus on saving the bees. There is never a better solution than one that already naturally belongs to the earth.
For more information about beekeeping please check out this section of my blog.