Bees reproduce in an exceptionally unusual way. Most bees (if they are lucky) will choose a mate near the end of their life. The bees will start working and sleeping very closely together, and if their bond grows their bodies will start to merge into one super, combined bee (also known as a ‘bumblebee’, because their co-ordination is slightly clumsy at first). When the bumblebee is ready to end their life, they build a safe space in the hive and drift off into a coma together. The mucus they secrete forms a protective chrysalis, and this lasts for around 7-10 days. During this time the bumblebee’s body breaks down and splits off in to a collection of baby bees. Bees have no social construct of family, because they never meet their parents, and the babies are all raised collectively by the hive, overseen by a democratically elected Queen Bee.
Hello! Could I request a scenario where Kagami goes over to his beekeeper s/o's house one day to help them harvest honey from their hives, and even though he's super nervous being around so many bees at once he tries his best not to freak out or swat any of them because he knows how much his s/o loves them? Thank you so much in advance!
As someone who is scared of bees, I can relate. I hope this is to your liking!
Why did he agree to this in the first place?
You knew he was scared of bees, didn’t like being near them, thought they were annoying and very dangerous despite not attacking unless provoked or threatened. But you still took a chance, asking your very kind, handsome and awkward boyfriend if he could keep you busy, while you harvested the honey.
He swallowed, fingers digging into the fabric of his pants as he tried very hard to remain still..
A couple of them flew near his ear, one even dared to land on his neck, causing him to stiffen greatly. There were two reasons he didn’t try to harm any of these pesky bugs.
One, you were a HUGE bee lover.. The second reason? Refer back to the first one he gave. Every time you went near the hive, collecting some of the honey, there was a smile on your lips, eyes glowing with radiance despite being swarmed by a colony of bees.
And that’s what made him stay right where he was. The bee, realizing he wasn’t a flower, finally went away from him, flying to a flower it could harvest pollen from.
He swore he would endure the rest of this, even find the courage to actually help you with collecting the honey. But after several mini panic attacks, and your laughter about him not having to help, he just chose to sit down instead.
In the end, he helped by not only keeping you company, but carrying huge jar of honey back to your home. He thought the worst was over…
Until he knocked the pot off the counter, shattering the pot and helping you clean it up. It was then he realized he had to endure YET another day with you because of his stupidity.
A funny thing about introducing a new queen into a hive that has lost its queen (or one that you’ve killed because her brood was too fighty).
You have to introduce the new queen into the hive with these special queen cages that are stopped up with candy, and are open enough to let the hive smell the new queen, but not open enough that they can get in there and kill her.
Because they will kill her.
When you first put the new queen in she smells like an intruder, but by the time it takes the bees to eat through the candy and free the queen, the queen’s pheromones will have had time to work and the hive will have gotten used to her.
From the outside this kinda seems like:
“Yeh, we were all going to murder you to death before, but we’re full of candy now, so we’re cool. Oh yeh, and how about you be the new queen and stuff. Yeh, that’s cool too.”