Bee boxes explained

Energy & Sustainability

I remember, the first time I saw a bee box (or bee lining box), I was fascinated by all of its chambers (this one has two, others have three), lifts, sliding doors, windows, etc. It’s like something a magician might flourish onstage. But it’s not. It’s used for hunting and capturing wild bees and using the captured ones to follow them back to the hive (a lost art called “bee lining”).

Bee lining

More info on bee lining in general can be found here.

[Thanks to MAKE subscriber, and bee liner, Rick of 2wicky, for sending us his video.]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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