Honey trap

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

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.

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