Although our gentle Italian honey bees were perfectly happy in their new home, unfortunately some of the neighbors around us were not as happy with them. The bees enjoyed their water pools and their hummingbird feeders. So after some complaints, Adam began looking for a new place nearby. Today, the bees moved. Here, you see how Adam strapped the hived closed. He also stapled each box to its adjacent boxes.
Often you hear stories of people being attacked or stung by a bee. I think often they don't really know what stung them. It could have been a yellow jacket, or a wasp. But they use the generic "bee" term, and the honey bee gets a bad rap. Honey bees are dwindling in the USA. We have lost half -- half!! -- of our honey bee population in the past 70 years. Modern insecticides kill them. Mites kill them. Diseases kill them. And a horrible thing called "colony collapse" kills them in huge amounts. 80% of our insect-pollinated plants (that's your fruits and vegetables), are pollinated by honey bees. Beekeepers should be encouraged and supported, not complained against and discouraged. 95% of beekeepers in the US are hobbyists or small-time beekeepers. If you don't want bees on your porch, perhaps you should remove whatever food you're putting out there for them. Or better yet -- learn to enjoy watching the bees! They're fun to watch, so industrious and busy. You can sit a couple of yards away from them, and watch them, and they won't bother you. If they don't want you there for some reason, they'll let you know; they'll come and "bump" you -- fly into you. If you insist on staying near them, they'll crawl on you, and then sting you. They give you lots of warning.