Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Honeybees in Bangkok


While searching for birds in the garden of the Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok last week, I happened to spot this open-air beehive suspended from a branch about 3o ft. high in a tree. One of the gardeners noticed that I had found it, and told me it had been there for a year-and-a-half. He also said the honey is good to eat, and it appeared to me that there are proably several gallons contained in this honeycomb. I wonder how closely these bees are related to our American honeybees. (?)

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At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the gardener mention how the honey is removed without destroying the honeycomb? I didn't know that people collected honey from hives that they didn't create for the bees.

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger FES said...

The gardener did not comment on the technique of collection, but from my own experience watching my father work with honeybees for many years, I believe it's impossible to extract the honey without destroying the honeycomb, even from a specially constructed hive.

 

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