Honey bees ‘evacuate’ hot forest homes
With forest and grass fires threatening mountains and marshes, honeybees are reportedly leaving their natural homes in search of cooler and safer homes in orchards and farmlands.
The Philippine News Agency reported that a farmer in Sibulan in Negros Oriental discovered a swarm of honeybees in an Ayanguile tree near his house while he was watering plants at around 6 p.m.
The farmer reportedly said it is unusual for honeybees to build hives near a residential area since they are usually found in the forest.
The report quoted environmentalist Apolinario Cariňo as saying that the presence of honeybees in a residential area indicates that their habitat was disturbed, probably because of the rising temperature.
Cariňo also said the migration of the wild honeybees could be due to the lack of food in their forest homes.
He said the wild honeybees could have been enticed by the flowers from fruit trees and orchards that are free from chemicals.
Since the El Nino peaked, sightings of animals leaving their habitat – fish, snakes, rats, and crocodiles – have been reported in the media.
The International Rice Research Institute recently transferred from its compound two hives of honeybees which have set up their homes in two separate trees.