They're not quite domesticated and they're not quite feral. They’re a peaceful society whose labors benefit life. Little alchemists, we’ve been engaging with them for 3,000 years.
One beekeeper described encountering a swarm in the wild and being forever changed. Another described watching one of her bees, thirsty, landing on her finger for a drop of water. The bee buzzed back and forth in front of her, seemingly begging for a drink, until the beekeeper cupped her palms with more water. The bee drank her fill before flitting off. The mutual trust, she said, was like a communion.
Awakening our senses to their lives opens up a door, like peeling off a veneer and seeing the biodiversity of life explode in your consciousness. From adaptations like chemical signatures, hexagonal honeycombs, and waggle dance communication, the world is alive with endlessly creative ways of supporting life.