Bee Positive ? | Bee the Change? – Part II : Monday Musings | Monday Blogs

Bee Positive ? | Bee the Change? – Part II : Monday Musings | Monday Blogs

“Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope”.
― Christy Lefteri


This post is a continuation of the Bee post I shared about 2 months ago – an update of sorts.


Saving and Relocating the Bees of Gurgaon


Bee hive- apartment- rock bees
The Rock bees homing in our condo, on the 17th floor and the tower we live in.


For a few years now, I have been trying to save the Rock bees (Apis dorsata) that build their hives on the higher floors our condo. I wasn’t able to do what I had intended to, again this year  –  bring in a bee relocator to move them to the nearby forests. 🙁

Like I had mentioned in my earlier post; there aren’t any bee relocators /bee activists working out of Delhi/Gurgaon, most unfortunately.  Bee relocators/activists are people who help relocate the bees without harming or killing them or destroying their hive.

I, therefore tried my best to get somebody who works actively in Bombay city. But the condo was unable to foot his travel/lodging charges and fee. Though a few residents and I agreed to pitch in; but this solution did not make a head way. During the time I was working to make this a reality and save the Rock bees of our condo, I also was forced to go out of action, due to a accident, as you will see in my earlier post. 


Bee Hunters – The Aftermath

The condo went ahead and got a bunch of local guys to remove the hives. These bee hunters, as I’d like to call them, move around from place to place, looking out for bee hives to monetise and earn a living. They drive the bees away by smoking the hive and then bringing the hive down entirely. This isn’t a fool proof process, at all; as lots of bees die in the process, as do the larvae. They then go on to take out the honey from the hives and sell the honey. 

The bee hunters who came to our condo did exactly the same. Unlike the past few years, insecticides weren’t used. There was an attempt to use insecticides though, prior to the bee hunters arrival, while I was in the process of offering the option of a bee relocator.  But I intervened on time. Fortunately, we were able to spare a larger population of bees from destruction and mayhem.

I am assuming many resident Rock bees were saved in the process. But at the same time, a lot of them and their larvae were killed. It was really painful to see them ruthlessly take out the honey, as the bees hovered around their tin buckets. 

I felt helpless once again. But I knew I’d strived really hard and done the best I could, given my situation then. 

It saddened me further when they sold the honey to the residents by mixing it with sugar syrup, and charging almost double or triple the price. Funnily enough city dwellers easily get scammed without even knowing they can test their honey for its authenticity.(do check this link)

The industrious pollinators and the life lines of this blue planet


Rock Bees 

The bees will surely come back and build more hives in the coming months. If not in the same areas in the towers, but around. We have a flourishing flora in our condo, that supports their presence. 

“Rock bees are farmers’ friends; they help pollinate crops such as cotton, mango, coffee, pepper and star fruit. And a whole bunch of other crops. Rock bees are also crepuscular – they go foraging for nectar at dusk, dawn and night.”

“When these bees are out foraging at night, being phototactic, they are automatically drawn to apartment lights and cannot break away. This fatal attraction eventually impacts the mortality of the entire hive because people are scared of being stung, which leads to colony removal. In my experience, however, you can never truly get rid of the rock bee. Nor should you. These bees are philopatric, i.e. they return to the original nesting site year after year.”

“We have to thank rock bees for more than just coffee, mangoes etc. These generalist bees are responsible for a significant percentage of the pollination of wild flora and cultivars, and they benefit several landscapes on their migratory journeys between our apartment perches and fields and forests.”

Rajani Mani in Roundglass Sustain


Solutions Going Forward: Finding Bee Relocators in NCR (National Capital Region)

I am hoping that going forward better solutions will emerge. There will be a set of people here in Delhi NCR, keen to work with bee relocation without killing or harming them, or destroying their hives. 

Cities like Banglore, Bombay, Pune, Hyderabad are doing commendable, path breaking work saving the rock bees and other species of bees that tend to build their hives in high risers and apartments.

Where else do they go with the depleting flora?


Did you know?


One bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey.

Therefore, we need 12 bees to produce one teaspoon of honey.

In order to produce 1 tablespoon of honey we need 36 bees.

In order to produce a gallon of honey, we need 9216 bees! So to fill in a less than 1/2 a kg jar, we would need 1152 bees.

Imagine how hard bees work to get that one jar of honey filled. Just for you! 

If you chance upon any bee relocators, who will sustainably move the rock bees of our condo please write back to me.

You could also write to me at :

I have been looking for a safe, sustainable solution that will not harm these beautiful, hard working pollinators; that provide us with their unconditional nectar of love and help bring the food on our plate. One that we humans thrive on. 

Help me save the bees of Delhi NCR, will you, please?



I could not find any songs on Bees, so I shall entertain you with the Bee Gees. :-)))

Love, Light and Laughter galore <3 3


44 thoughts on “Bee Positive ? | Bee the Change? – Part II : Monday Musings | Monday Blogs

  1. Hi Natasha. This is an eye opening post. And kudos to you for going all the way in your efforts. We need more people like you. We have so many bee hives back in my hometown and now as I see, we always get the bee hunters. Thank you for highlighting this.

    1. I’m trying. I just want a resolution now, Sonia.

      I’m glad this was informative for you, with regards to the bee hunters.

      Thanks for reading and writing back. 🙂

  2. Their life is our life! Obviously we can not survive without them.
    Thank you for this special post about our little friends!
    And it’s so good trying to get right what is wrong!
    All the best, dear Natasha in everything you do!
    Love, light and hugs from far away! ❤️

  3. Commendable efforts, Natasha! We can only do what is within our efforts. I am not surprised we have no bee locators in the NCR. Just goes to show how insensitive we are to sustainable solutions.
    Have a lovely rest of the week and take care. ❤️

    1. Let’s hope this makes some head way.

      Would love to hear from some sustainable warriors and bee saviours on this.

      You have a gorgeous week to dear Punam. Hugs

  4. Thank you for getting involved in such actions!
    I read an article about rock bees in Nepal, and how they are disappearing more and more, year after year … I can understand that people in Nepal are “honey hunters”, but it is harder for me to understand people in cities , who only want profit, do not need to feed (the fact that it spoils the honey with syrup to increase the profit is even worse)
    In China, there is only one sanctuary in the world for the protection of wild bees – I understand that the Chinese bee is listed as an endangered species.
    By protecting bees, we also protect ourselves. It would be nice if more and more people understood this.
    I hug you dearly! Good luck with your actions, dear Natasha! Much Love! <3 <3 <3

    1. Thank you for sharing some of these facts dear Diana.

      Let’s hope we find a sustainable solution and start appreciating these little wonders more.

      Big love♥️♥️

  5. You are doing such a commendable work, Natasha! I can only imagine what you must have gone through to get hold of the Bee Relocators. Hopefully, there emerges a solution soonest. Saving the Bees has been an ongoing project in Bangalore over the past 10 odd years or maybe more. I loved the post title and the Bee Gees song was just perfect for it, isn’t it? 🙂
    Stopping by your blog after a long time dear Natasha!
    Time for a catching up some time soon.

    Much love, my dear friend!
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    1. Dear Esha,
      Lovely to see you here.

      Yes, Banglore is indeed doing some commendable work with the rock bees in the high risers I have read and seen.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the title and the “Bee” Gees song!

      Sure, will be good to catch up.

      Love and regards to all at home.
      Hugs and good wishes always ♥️

  6. It’s commendable indeed what you are doing for the bees, Natasha! Every bit we do for not just the bees but our environment will go a long way in saving our planet.
    Your post reminds me of the time when one morning I saw a hive on my balcony. I can’t recollect how long the bees took to build it, but when I saw it, I wondered how they and we would be able to live in such close proximity. And, you know what, the next morning, the hive had vanished! It actually did! Can you explain this? It wasn’t a huge one, but neither was it small. It must have been approx 12 X 12 inches and it simply wasn’t there the next day. And, no, we didn’t call any of those bee hunters either.
    Looking forward to your comment 🙂 <3
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    1. Dear Shilpa,

      I’m trying, hoping this makes a valuable head way.

      I’m quite clueless how the hive and the entire colony disappeared overnight.

      There is something called Colony Collapse Disorder/ Disease when the conditions become unbearable for them to sustain. But I suppose the hive should not disappear even if the bees do.

      Quite a mystery this one. But let me ask around and see if there is more to this.

      Sorry didn’t have the answer to your query dear Shilpa.

      Love and good wishes♥️

  7. Thank you for caring and for your good work, Natasha. I know it was hard to watch the bee hunters. But you are raising awareness and making things better a little at a time. Maybe a bee relocator or beekeeper in another city will have some suggestions. It’s great that people were willing to chip in – maybe a fund for next year.
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    1. Yes, Joanna; I had got in touch with a bee relocator from Bombay but like I said didn’t make headway.

      Hopefully in the next season. Fingers and toes crossed.

      This is one cause I am extremely passionate about and I hope to bring it to fruition.

      Have a great week♥️

  8. Saving bees is a worldwide problem and we only have one Earth. We all must care. I am sharing this on social media. The Bee Gees’s Staying Alive was the perfect title of the musical accompaniment.

    1. Thank you dear Alana for understanding the gravity of this situation and also for sharing this. Who know how help will make its way.

      Ha! ha Staying alive yes! Us and the Bees. Without them it would be the end of mankind too.

  9. Thank you so much for this fascinating post. I would like to share the post if it is ok. Thank you.

  10. Loved the title of your post Natasha and I admire all the efforts you are putting in to bee that change in providing a sustainable solution to the problem. I wish you luck. Will also try to find out anymore information I can gather about it.
    Thanks and have a lovely week ahead ❤️

  11. Natasha,

    Bees are very important to our world. I remember doing an essay in elementary school on bees. Although, I can’t remember much about it I do recall how impressed I was by these little amazing workers. I love honey but honey doesn’t always agree with my tummy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the Bee Gees for your 4M contribution for this week’s party. Have a boogietastic week, my dear!!

    1. Yes, they are dear Cathy.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the Bee Gees.

      Wishing you a lovely week ahead filled with music and laughter. ♥️

  12. I do hope you find a good solution before they show up next time! The honey hunters do sound more than a little unscrupulous.

  13. You started with a wonderful quote and then took us through your journey of rescue. I learned quite a bit on the way. My daughter and her family are strict vegans and therefore disapprove of employing bees to provide honey for human consumption. I’m not, and I adore it! I wish you well with your efforts Natasha.

    1. I hear you about your daughter and her family’s vegan choices, Keith.
      I’ve been there.

      Thanks for your wishes.
      Hopefully we will make head way this time.

  14. Bee positive and bee the change. I can do that.

    Bees are essential to life. I hope you find someone that can relocate these precious bees.

    I didn’t know all the facts about bees either.

    Have a fabulous day and week, sweet Natasha. ♥
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