Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keeping Bees in Hong Kong

Over at Global Swarming Honeybees, there's a link to a video about a bee keeper in Hong Kong.  The video is beautifully done, and makes me incredibly grateful I live in an area of the world with clean air, clean water, and no light pollution.

Urban beekeeping is growing in popularity. In the U.S., there are so many yards, gardens, balconies with plants, and green spaces, that bees often do well as long as keepers take precautions. These include checking local ordinances, using a high wall to direct bee traffic up and away from neighbors, and having a water source to keep the bees out of the neighbor's swimming pool.

What I love about the video from Hong Kong: using a tea kettle to pour wax into candle molds and the hive construction with the pop-open/pop-closed entrance.  Clever.

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