04 Nov '11, 11pm

One hot hive: The Urban Beehive from Philips

One hot hive: The Urban Beehive from Philips

Ideally installed directly against a glass wall or large window, the Urban Beehive is an inside/outside device. Outside, there’s a flower pot and a bee entryway while inside you have a curious-looking tinted glass pod of sorts (it kind of looks like something that Lt. Ellen Ripley would have set fire to with a blow torch) that houses an array of honeycomb frames for bees to do their business on. Explains Philips: “The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on.” To harvest honey, simply pull a string to release smoke into the shell (this pacifies the bees) and release the top cover. Seems easy enough although I'm having trouble picturing what happens next ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/blogs/one-...

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