Beekeeping is complicated. In comparison, herding cats is easy. Think about it - 40,000 flying insects with painful stingers buzzing all around the place and you are trying to coax them into making so much honey that you can "borrow" up to 100 of pounds from the hive without overstressing the colony. If the weather cooperates, and the flowers bloom, and crazy neighbors/stupid teenagers leave the hives alone, and farmers don't spray their crops or orchards while the hives are present, and the queen stays healthy,and the hives are not invaded by parasites or disease, and bears stay the heck away from your bee yards, then you might get a decent honey crop. Is it worth it? Yes, it is. And this picture provides a pretty good explanation why. Hard work; sweet rewards. Enough said.