One thing that puts many off keeping bees is the bees themselves: they can sting. But a new model hive that allows the keeper to access the honey via a tap might reduce the risk. The invention consists of artificial cells in which the bees leave honey, then seal with wax. A lever splits the wax and rotates the cells, creating channels for the honey to flow out into a jar.
But should we all run out and buy a hive? Although it’s a wonderful hobby, recent research argues that a growth in bees kept in gardens is squeezing out wild bees, who compete for pollen. It’s town bee vs country bee, with the suburbanites turning up, occupying the hedgerows and not leaving the countryside in the state that they found it. Spare a thought for the bumpkin bee. He’s got 2,000 larvae to feed.