I found this story by accident, and since we just started some hives, it caught my interest. Trust Aesop to cut to the truth of the matter.
A peasant had growing in his garden an apple tree which bore no fruit at all. It served only as a place for crickets, grasshoppers and sparrows to get out of the heat. The little creatures often sat chirping in the tree's branches.
Disappointed that the tree produced no fruit, the man decided to cut it down.
"Please don't destroy our tree," the grasshoppers said. "Where will we sit and chirp if there is no tree here?"
"Please don't cut this tree," begged the birds. "We sit in its branches and sing to you every day. Would you not miss our songs?"
"Please leave the tree alone," said the crickets. "We rest on its bark and make our music to lighten your work. Where will we go if you cut the tree?"
"No," said the man. "The tree gives me nothing. Why should I keep it in my garden? At least its wood will warm me in my fires this winter."
The man picked up his axe and gave a mighty swing. He quickly discovered that other creatures were living in the hollow center of the tree: honeybees! The large swarm buzzed angrily as it protected its large store of honey.
"Aha!" said the man. "This tree is worth keeping after all. Who knew that it contained such treasure?" He picked up his axe and left the tree standing, and its inhabitants continued to sing, chirp and buzz.