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By adamg - 10/3/22 - 3:31 pm

The City Council on Wednesday will hear a proposal to make it easier for residents to raise honeybees. Read more.

By adamg - 12/15/21 - 9:23 am

The Revere Journal starts its coverage of a Board of Health meeting with the depressing stuff: Covid-19 numbers and the fact that more kids are going without measles shots (parents: get your kids their measles shots), before getting to a honey of a vote: The board approved regulations that will officially let residents keep bees. Also, the board is continuing to work on a proposed regulation to allow what the Journal said is formally called the Keeping of Chickens. No roosters, though.

By adamg - 10/25/21 - 4:47 pm
Bee and fake spider

Eileen Murphy decorated a mum plant for Halloween with "spider web fluff" and a fake spider. But then a poor bee got tangled. She reports:

Needed sewing machine tweezers, decoupage scissors & most tiny crochet hook to remove all the fluff from very angry bee. No more fluff from me.

By adamg - 6/8/21 - 11:44 am
Proposed rendering of beehive

Blueprint submitted with proposal.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a beehive at a community garden at 499 Main St. in Sullivan Square. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/20 - 1:11 pm


A sting-averse citizen files a 311 complaint about the situation outside the Crate & Barrel on Boylston Street in the Back Bay: Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/19 - 5:47 pm
Bees swarming an iron pole in the North End

No doubt by now the North End is buzzing about this 311 complaint about a swarm of bees taking over a fence pole at Fleet Street and Webster Place this afternoon.

Bees swarming the back of a car in Dorchester.

By adamg - 5/22/19 - 7:06 pm

Cambridge Police report an incident on Inman Street around 11:15 a.m. yesterday involving a man who really wanted to get rid of a bee's nest: Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/18 - 10:29 pm

The BU News Service surveys the state of urban beekeeping in the Boston area, notes the increased vitality of our local bees:

Hives in Cambridge and Boston have a higher honey productivity rate than rural bees, producing about 30% more honey. City bees are also more likely to survive the winter. Scientists are still speculating why urban bees show increased resilience and productivity - perhaps their success is due to less pesticide use, more varied diets and an urban heat-island effect that keeps bees warmer during cold winter months.

By adamg - 2/4/16 - 3:48 pm

Dan Feidt reports:

The bees are officially out and landing on people like me in Ft Point Boston. February bees!

By adamg - 11/21/14 - 8:31 am

Cambridge Day reports on a honey of a battle between a temple that has bee hives and neighbors who swarmed city officials with complaints. The temple's rabbi said she was stung by criticism over the bees, which one irate resident compared to "livestock." Naturally, in a city that once set up a Peace Commission, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals urged the two sides to try to hug it out before getting his board involved.

By adamg - 6/24/14 - 7:59 am
Bees in their new home in Somerville

Hudson Street bees enter their new home.

When Peter Montague heard about the bee swarm on Hudson Street in Somerville yesterday, he knew just what to do.

Montague, a graduate of the North Bennet Street school who teaches residential construction at YouthBuild Just-A-Start, whipped out some wood and tools and built an impromptu beehive.

And as you can see from the photo, it worked.

By adamg - 6/23/14 - 11:24 am

Mel Barrett reports a dangerous situation on Hudson Street: A swarm of bees just swarming like nobody's business.

They surrounded our car. BE CAREFUL.

Last year:
Uphams Corner was buzzing.

By adamg - 1/30/14 - 11:58 pm

ABC News reports zombie bees, previously spotted only on the West Coast, have shown up in the Northeast.

"They fly around in a disoriented way, get attracted to light, and then fall down and wander around in a way that's sort of reminiscent of zombies in the movies," Hafernik said. "Sometimes we've taken to calling [it], when they leave their hives, 'the flight of the living dead.'"

Just be grateful that Uphams Corner swarm last year wasn't zombified.

By adamg - 5/6/13 - 3:59 pm
Bee swarm on the back of somebody's car

UPDATE: Late this afternoon, Best Bees worked with city animal control to relocate the bees someplace better for them - and people.

You can't see the license plate of this car at Stoughton and Sumner streets because IT'S COVERED IN BEES. Live bees. Bees that are probably looking for a more permanent place to live. Like your attic. Photo by OffTheDot, who says:

Definitely live and buzzing! Seemed more into swarming than attacking. Stood on edge of swarm without incident (and no sudden movements).

By adamg - 8/21/12 - 9:13 am

Jef Taylor had to avoid his control key for awhile yesterday.

By adamg - 3/14/12 - 9:05 am

The Herald buzzes about the growth of urban beekeeping.

By adamg - 7/7/09 - 6:57 pm

Previous owner leaves them with a gift of honey:

What gets me is that there were several tens of thousands of bees that called my new address "home" up until last Saturday. The hive was in the stairwell between the second and third floor, basically, next to and slightly above the previous owner's bedroom. Given that you don't get a fine piece of modular hexagonal construction like you see there in ten minutes, don't you think he might have noticed just a bit of noise (not to mention a ton of six legged friends flying past his windows) at, say the four a.m. summer wake up call? Just asking ...

With photos.

Via Wicked Local Brookline.

By adamg - 9/11/07 - 2:03 pm

Go figure: Mike Ball educates us that his local beekeeper (what, you don't have one?), Mike Graney, sells hundreds of pounds of honey a year from hives he keeps near the Neponset River. Graney and his bees (and their knees), will be at the Boston Natural Areas Network's fall harvest festival at 30 Edgewater Dr. in Mattapan this Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

... He says that the hosts will have the hats and netting for those of us who just have to handle the honey makers and their comb frames. ...

By adamg - 9/1/06 - 3:17 pm

Joe Keohane is a good doobie and wears a serious helmet while biking to work. Naturally, it has air holes. Naturally, a bee found one of the holes and stung him in the head while he was riding down Boylston this morning.

By kensavage - 6/9/06 - 8:08 pm

So then while working at my desk in the basement rewriting my resume I hear this loud buzzing flying around me in the dark.

With only a desk lamp on I turn on more lights to see what it is. Almost sounded like a hummingbird but more like a bee flying around. When I turned the light on this is what I saw


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