Woman Dances with Bees

Woman Dances with Bees

Another “don’t try this one at home”.

honeybee photo
Photo by Franco Folini

I found this at Urban Farm Online. While not for those with a fear of bees, this is still a really neat video. This woman dances with bees.

Sara Mapelli, also known as “the Bee Queen” places the queen honeybee in a necklace. The hive is attracted to the queen and the bees cling to her as she then dances with bees. Check out the video after the break.

Again, don’ try this at home.  As a former beekeeper, I confess I think this a pretty kewl form of expression. Honeybees, if treated properly, are usually fairly docile when the keeper is in the hive.  They are always attracted to the queen.  This performer takes advantage of both.

Woman Dances with Bees – The Bee Queen

There is also a National Geographic article that goes into more detail with the artist.

I must confess that I miss beekeeping.  Unfortunately, it is not in my near future.  My landlord is not keen on the idea.

beekeeping photo
Photo by Salim Virji

However, regardless of where you live, beekeeping is possible.  Not only is it a great hobby but you would be helping out with the depleted honeybee population.  In recent years, mites and Colony Collapse Disorder have killed off many colonies.  This is sad because the honeybee is a major factor to our economy.

In recent years, mites and Colony Collapse Disorder have killed off many colonies.  This is sad because the honeybee is a major factor to our economy.  While other species may fill some of the void, commercial agriculture benefits most from the honeybee.

If you wish to find out more about beekeeping in general, check out The American Beekeeping Association.  They even have a page aimed at those interested in beginning beekeeping.  Additionally, if you want to find out more about beekeeping associations in your area, the Apiary Inspectors of America website has a list of state associations.

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