Do bees belong in this section? I've been thinking about getting a few bee hives for a while now, but have been unsure about how, or if, to proceed. I've had a native bee hive for years, but they're mostly for cuteness value, although obviously I recognise their very important role in my garden. I've been thinking about getting honey bees, but I remember a guy I knew at Nimbin who was doing them - he was too big for a hobby & too small to be commercial. I think the essence of what he said was that they're a huge amount of stuffing around if your objective is to get honey on less than a commercial scale. Well, I wouldn't mind eating my own honey, but I think my primary aim would be to have bees that I knew were healthy for the purpose of pollination. My question is: is there any point? I have both native bees (my own & wild) & wild commercial honey bees out here. I don't know the correct name for the introduced ones I'm sorry, but they look like the ones you see in commercial hives - I don't know if there is more than one variety? So - is there any point in me getting hold of a hive of wild introduced bees & putting them in a box, or am I just making work for myself that nature is already taking care of just fine thank you? They would be interesting ... I've been reading about natural bee keeping & it sounds like something I'd be keen to have a go at - but not if there's no point. About the only excuse I can think of for doing it is that I could possibly provide the odd healthy hive as a gift for someone who lived in town & was unable to get "clean" bees. My brother has bees & has offered to give me some hives, but he lives in town & has been plagued with the beetle born disease, & I don't want that, or any other bee aliments out here. Thoughts anyone? Am I just hankering to fix something that isn't broken?