Schön erklärtes Sprichwort:
Traditionally, the bees were kept abreast of not only deaths but all important family matters including births, marriages, and long absence due to journeys. If the bees were not told, all sorts of calamities were thought to happen. This peculiar custom is known as “telling the bees”.
Apropos 'Marotten in der Imkerei', da sind aber noch viele andere schöne und bedenkenswerte Punkte im Text:
It was considered rude, for example, to quarrel in front of bees.