Also, considering the devastation bee populations are suffering as a result of Colony Collapse Disorder, now more than ever it’s a great idea to help care for them ourselves.
Enter designers Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle and their BEEcosystem, a compact, noninvasive, modular, maintainable beehive designed to be used both indoors and outside, enabling people to observe honeybees and learn firsthand about these amazing pollinators.
BEEcosystem is an observation honeybee hive designed to make pollinator education more accessible, as well as marketable within agritourism and ecotourism industries. Indoor/outdoor wall-mountable and modular, it grows along with your colony inside.
With a slim wall-mounted profile that can be incorporated into nontraditional beekeeping spaces, each BEEcosystem unit contains six top bar frames to produce foundationless comb.
Inspired by the hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells, the Beecosystem can be expanded to include multiple HexHive chambers. Each HexHive comes with a simple window unit that allows the bees to come and go without requiring the user to make any alterations to their property.
The transparent front enables easy observations of the bees going about their bee business of building their colony and and creating new honeycomb.
The hives connect to each other magnetically and feature sliding ventilation screens which are removed when connecting multiple hives, allowing the honeybees to move between the chambers. If needed, a feeder can be mounted at the top of the hive to supplement the bees’ diet.
What’s more, all that lovely honey the bees are busy making can be harvested in the form raw cut comb honey via the removable top bar. That’s right, you don’t just get to watch the bees, you can also enjoy the sweet, golden fruit of their labor.
Visit the Beecosystem website to learn more about this amazing and eye-catching beekeeping setup as well as how you can help the honeybees even without becoming a beekeeper yourself.