Aum Namah Sivaya
April marks the start of our island's swarm season for honey bees. As more and more flowers bloom, wild hives begin to grow quickly. When they get too big, the queen leaves with half the hive to start a new one somewhere else. Since honey bees use a pheromone that smells like to lemongrass oil to mark where "home" is, you can simply set up a box, put some essential oil in it and wait. Before you know it you might just have some free bees! During our most recent celebration of Ardra an auspiciously timed swarm of bees moved into one of our oil-baited bee hives.
While our monks don't have a giant honey producing operation anymore, our affinity for bees remains and it's always nice to have them around. Once this hive grows big enough it will be able to produce honey for our temple. Perhaps to be poured over Lord Nataraja during another celebration of Ardra!
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