..but in a few cases they can be lethal if you are severely allergic. Also, the African strain if honey bees are much more aggressive and will attack and sting many times which can be fatal. So be careful! These are wild bees which housed themselves in some abandoned old hives which have also got some birds nesting in them. We usually keep our distance and don’t try to take any honey, just appreciate having them around. Beekeeping can be very rewarding, but takes a lot of time, and when you have been stung often enough, can become a little frightening. I have no plans to start bee keeping again! Interestingly, the fictionaldetective Sherlock Holmes took to beekeeping on the Sussex downs after his feigned death at the Reichenbach falls. It was as we read in ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ a challenge equal to his great intellect!
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