Wild Bees and Fire

Fire is part of Nature and occurs in most biomes. Wild honey bees are intelligent, forward thinking beings. They build their nests in the most fire resistant area of their home region and their use of propolis serves as a highly effective fire retardant in addition to its immune protection against microorganisms. In the presence of fire, Bees will never leave their mother and babies (the Queen is too gravid to fly) and so they stay with the nest. This is safe for wild honey bees because of their preplanning and appropriate architecture. Human managed honey bees live in box hives, which are highly flammable, so when fire occurs they all die.  Captive breeding has resulted in the loss of this intelligence through genetic manipulation and lack of exposure to the natural ecosystem.

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