Bee Business On A Roof

I thought rooftop beekeeping was something new. Not so! Here’s an article about a rooftop apiary circa 1912. Fascinating!!

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10 thoughts on “Bee Business On A Roof

  1. andy1076 says:

    A little risky isn’t it? if the bees go a little crazy? :O

    • It’s actually no worse than if you keep bees in your backyard (like I do.)

      The danger of swarms is way over-exaggerated.

      I believe rooftop beekeeping is fine as long as the building is under 8 stories. Higher than that it’s tough for the bees to deal with the elements.

  2. What a fun article. I love old things like this…

  3. mieprowan says:

    Interesting about the stingers. I haven’t gotten stung by anybody in ages, though, including the garden-friendly Polistes paper wasps and the harvester ants. Fire ants and hornets I haven’t had to deal with, fortunately.

    People here often kill harvester ants because they pack a nasty venom, but they aren’t aggressive and I haven’t been stung in years, and they are the main thing Texas horned lizards eat, and both are in decline.

    I have often wondered what I’d do if bees took residence here. Quite possibly nothing. There was a hive in an abandoned house across the street for about five years until someone killed them. It took me a few years to work out why every spring I would suddenly become inundated with very friendly honey bees! I was sad to see them killed, with pesticides no less. I don’t think they even took the honey.

  4. Emily Heath says:

    What an enterprising lady. And brave too, doing beekeeping in a dress. Somewhat condescending that she is referred to as a “clever little girl”!

  5. bebefreed says:

    I read an article about a beekeeper who left his apiary in the country to take a job as and executive in a high rise in Paris. He was bereft to leave his bees behind. But since he was a big wig, he managed to keep a hive in his penthouse office, why high up in a high rise. He built a little tunnel that went from the hive to the window so they were actually housed indoors, yet they had a great distance to cover to find water, nectar and pollen. Yet, surprisingly, he reported that his high rise bees produced over three times more honey that his bees in the country. Consistent, prodigious yields! Go figure!

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