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Okay, calling any bee a “pet” is a bit outrageous.
You’re not going to curl up on the couch with a bee and watch the latest
Bee Movie is, after all, just a movie.
I do, however, have a confession to make.
I’ve secretly wanted to get a pet bee for a few years.
Let me explain.
Back in 2016 I chanced on an article in the New York Post called
Professor takes pet bee to class on a leash like it’s no big deal.
Apparently, the students thought the professor was a lunatic. I was hooked.
Then last year I watched this Youtube video:
Bee and Woman Become Best Friends After Garden Rescue.
If I was hooked before, this was line and sinker territory.
I had to get some bees!
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I had the time and space in my home to finally realize my dream of having a bee for a pet.
But first, I had to do some research to turn my dreams into reality. I was buzzing with excitement.
A Very Short History of Beekeeping
The first beekeepers were foragers of wild honey. [source:
How Stuff Works]
There’s a cave painting in Spain that appears to depict a human figure collecting wild honey from a beehive.
If you’re ever near Valencia don’t miss the
Cave of the Spider.
Beekeepers first began using artificial hives around around 2,000 years ago. They were called
skeps. [source: Galway Beekeepers’ Association]
I’d recommend you read the
history of beekeping over at How Stuff Works. Fascinating stuff.
Why Indoor Beekeeping?
Urban indoor beekeeping is the hottest trend in apiculture (beekeeping).
For most people who live in cities, an indoor beehive is the only option if they want to keep bees.
An indoor beehive is an interesting, fun, and educational addition to any home.
And don’t worry, indoor beehives are designed for safety. Still, if you or a member of your family are allergic to bee sting then it’s probably not a good idea.
One thing to keep in mind is that the law varies from State to State regarding beekeeping so check your local regulations carefully.
After doing my in-depth research I decided that an indoor hive was perfect for me.
That’s when I discovered the BEEcosystem.
Indoor Observation Bee Hives From BEEcosystem Are Fun And Educational
The leader in indoor beehives is
Their BEEcosystem or “HexHive” can be wall-mounted and can be expanded as your colony grows.
Indoor observation hives are an exciting, relatively new technology for keeping bees indoors in urban areas.
They also look really cool!
They seem to be a perfect solution for city-dwellers wanting to keep bees indoors in an apartment or a condo.
We wanted to create an observation hive that intentionally provokes meaningful conversations about honeybees, especially engaging non-beekeepers and non-agricultural experts.
I love it when a plan comes together. BEEcosystem is genius. BEEcosystem allowed me to make my dreams of having a pet bee(s) a reality.
Who’s the lunatic now?
You can find additional information at
You can even buy an indoor observation beehive on Amazon.
Check Price Here.
To access addtional tools and ideas for sustainable living read our
Guide to Natural Living.
Want to get started with beekeeping? Check out our round-up of the
Best Beekeeping Starter Kits. Or pick up a copy of First Lessons in Beekeping.