Comments On - Unexpected Beehives

The more the better!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 7/4/2014 11:40:56 PM
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 4/12/2014 8:06:55 AM
It's unfortunate that quite a few find them to be pest.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 3/19/2014 7:22:19 PM
promote more bees!
Andrew, Columbus, OH
Posted: 3/17/2014 5:19:15 AM
I still think it's a great idea and still hope to be able to convince my local government that bees in my backyard are not a nuisance but a beneficial use of space.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 3/4/2014 11:12:59 AM
Nice to see big building owners do something about the "Greening of America". It's almost like giving back. On their developed lands once stood greeneries.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 3/3/2014 6:08:53 AM
Cant wait to start mine
Jeremy, Le Mars, IA
Posted: 2/1/2013 6:29:03 AM
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 10/6/2012 7:28:09 AM
Great examples of companies and places doing the right thing. We can all look at these and be inspired to do the same in our own areas.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 7/13/2011 8:22:43 AM
The Chicago City Hall bees are "bearding", hanging out outside the hive to stay cool. With 10's of thousands of bees in a confined space the temp can rise quickly inside the hive, especially in the summer. Once the hive cools off they go back back in.

There are over a half a dozen hives on an old freeway on/off ramp in San Francisco on Oak Street a couple of blocks up from Octavia (a neighborhood going through a renewal process that includes several tiny urban farms-- would be great to see an article about this neighborhood). The hives are painted in different pastels in addition to the typical white. Hard to miss when driving down Oak Street.
brad, lafayette, CA
Posted: 6/28/2011 9:17:15 AM
My parents used to have beehives on the top of an apartment building in London. No one was the wiser!

And once they swarmed and left in search of a new home. Having found nothing they returned.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 11/1/2010 7:53:59 PM
The rooftop on City hall is adjacent to another rooftop with several air conditioners. In fact one roof has a black surface and as you see in the picture, the mayor's rooftop is white. Needless to say the temperatures up there get awful hot in July and are moreso heated by nearby ACs running full speed. The black roof retain heat which has been recorded to exceed 135°. Bees need to keep their hive temp regulated to 94°F in summer (and winter)... that said, in Mid July with the bee population at its peak of 80-100k bees... many have to stay outside to give room for the inside bees to regulate the temperatures by directing their wing-flaps into precise patters throughout the hive. They even gather water to mist the wing flaps to additionally cool the hive.— thats why all the bees out there... often they beard together underneath the entrance to get out of the way.
Charbee, Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 10/29/2010 3:56:15 PM
Hi Laurie,

Thanks for your question. According to Kevin Carroll, who photographed the Chicago beehive, the bees were not forming a swarm. Bees will sometimes cluster outside the entrance to the hive when it gets hot to help keep the hive and themselves cool. (The photo was taken in July.)
Urban Farm editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 10/12/2010 8:33:34 AM
and the honey? And pollution> mine are in the city but have lots of trees and flowers around town
Melinda, Garden Grove, CA
Posted: 10/11/2010 10:03:19 PM
Are the bees in the photo from Chicago City Hall beginning to swarm? Why are they clustering outside the hive like this?
Laurie, Madison, WI
Posted: 10/11/2010 2:30:13 PM
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