Save the Honey Bees

Bees are disappearing at a fast rate; this will very soon lead to the disappearance of fruits and vegetables from our dinner tables. Not only these, various other delicious foods too will disappear. The Colony Collapse Syndrome in which the bees from beehives abruptly disappear is catching all beekeepers of US of A and Europe unawares.

The exact reason is not known yet, but the suspects are many:

The Bigger Picture in Bangalore

The city of Bangalore is expanding and deforestation is dislodging the honey bees from their natural habitats. The trees of Bangalore are being cut down to widen the roads. The hapless bees end up making their hives in the balconies of the sky rise buildings. Understandably the residents of the flats are not too happy to coexist with them. As a result, pestcides are sprayed and hundreds of honey bees are left dead. If only they were relocated with the help of a dedicated organisation.

The CUPA (Compassion Unlimited Plus Action) is doing a great job in Bangalore rescuing animals in distress. One phone call to CUPA is all that is required to save an animal. Even the snakes of Bangalore are taken care of by Mohammed Anees. But there are none to thelp out the bees.

You may be wondering the relevance of this picture of the idol of Goddess Om Shakti in this post. Observe the picture below, you can see the bees have made their hive under the left elbow of the Goddess. This sight was my motivation for this post. The bees seem to have made a wise decision choosing that spot.

Can We Save the Honey Bees?

Saving the honey bees too, along with other animals should be given priority.

Recently the Khadi & Village Industries Commission has launched a pilot project in the ‘land of honey’ Kodagu district, south Karnataka. This is close to Bangalore. About 2,000 apiculturists (bee keepers) will be brought into the cluster development scheme to develop an apiary in the state.

‘The CUPA’ and ‘The Khadi & Village Industries Commission’ together can support the worthy cause. The two bodies can coordinate, and jointly put up efforts in relocating the honey bees to the apiaries around Bangalore. Once the apiaries around Bangalore take up the responsibility, I am sure the citizens of Bangalore will be too happy to inform the concerned department to help relocate the bee hives.

Migratory Birds at Kokkare Bellur, Karnataka
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Effect

15 Responses to “Save the Honey Bees

  • i was planning a blog on bees for 3 reasons – one when it came up during the research on hillary and two – it is a hot topic on california. while the subject is roughly what you started on, the story is bigger..and three – it was a theme in amulya malladis new book that my wife mentioned. watch out for the blog…

  • Thanks Maddy… you mean the CCD…
    will be watching out for the blog.

  • Thanks for sharing the info.

  • very interesting post and wonderful captures. Let’s all help the bees

  • As usual a nice, topical and environment-conscious post, with great pictures.

  • Excellent…

    the bees have rightly surrendered themselves to the Gods. Woe to us humans!

  • Agree with Happy Kitten.. Gods do give shelter, even to the bees..!!!!

    A picture is worth thousand words.. it drew attention on the bees plight.

  • Thanks Ajeya.

    Thanks Vlahos.

    Thanks Raji.

    Thanks Asha
    and Kat… Jiska koi nahin uska bhagwaan hai!

  • That’s a real huge statue of the Goddess. The bees sure know where’s best for them 🙂

  • Thanks Elaine… you are right.

  • lovely observation and a great post..I recently remember how some of my neighbours got hassled seeing a bee hive in a tree close by and started destroying it and so many bees were there dead and floating around..its sad ..

    lakshmi

  • It’s a tragedy that the bees are dying off, as are so many other species. When will we see that by killing other species we are really killing ourselves?

    I pray for a new generation of enlightened governments who will lead their people on these crucial issues.

    An amazing photo of the hive. It’s a good thing no one will disturb them because they are attached to the goddess. Hopefully, anyway…

  • It’s a tragedy that the bees are dying off, as are so many other species. When will we see that by killing other species we are really killing ourselves?

    I pray for a new generation of enlightened governments who will lead their people on these crucial issues.

    An amazing photo of the hive. It’s a good thing no one will disturb them because they are attached to the goddess. Hopefully, anyway…

  • Hello! I went through your blogs today. Congrats. Your pictures are too good! I simply love the Black swallow tail butterfly and the honeycomb below the Devi’s (statue’s) elbow.
    Keep it up.

  • Thanks Lakshmi… I am worried at this rate honey may soon be a scarce commodity and then ‘we’ a rare species.

    Thanks Lynda Lehmann… “When will we see that by killing other species we are really killing ourselves?” How true and frightening! Welcome to my blog!

    Thanks Maiji…. Thank you very much for your compliments and encouraging words. I am honored.

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