Posted 01 Jan 07
I did bring a few thoughts together recently about bees at Christmas which was only intended for family entertainment. However it struck me as possibly being of interest to your Australian request.
Purely fictional (or is it - can anyone prove differently?)
Stephen Sunderland, Oban
A CHRISTMAS STORY ABOUT BEES.
At midnight on Christmas Eve as if by some special yet unseen signal all the bees in a hive will come out and line up in a double row at the hive entrance. That’s around 15,000 bees but only 7,500 in a row as I said it was a double row. Yes quite a lot but unfeasible to happen in mid summer when all the cousins have arrived and there are over 40,000 in the hive. Yes that’s quite a lot of washing up.
So to the end of the line of bees and once the queen arrives she takes off and flies high into the sky towards the moon. This is the reason that on Christmas Eve if everyone has been good there will be a full moon and a crisp, frosty night when all is calm and all is bright.
Eventually all of the bees will arrive at the same height as their Queen but they are also joined by other bees from hives in the area. Then a most beautiful thing happens and it is said (for I have never heard it) that all the bees join together and make a sound which sounds like a heavenly choir of angels.
Here another remarkable thing happens because the worker bees head home ahead of the queen and again line up in two columns ready to allow the queen to march into her hive. I understand that they then have a long lie in and rest until the afternoon when they all get ready to listen to the Queens Speech in which she reviews the highs and lows of the year gone by but looks forward in hope to good times in the year ahead.
To be continued ....