Bees contribute more than $153 billion to the world’s economy every year

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These secrets sit on the roofs of downtown Durham’s old tobacco warehouses — now restaurants, lofts, and tech startups. The secrets buzz through fields behind the largest research park in the country, through community gardens and schoolyards. These secrets are beehives — sticky with honey, heavy with thousands of workers toiling to please their queens — hidden on rooftops and out-of-the-way spots all over town.

Spring has come to North Carolina. Redbud trees paint the horizon in strokes of deep magenta, dogwoods burst with white and pink, and the honeysuckle eagerly emits its thick fragrance. Amid this abundance, thousands of honeybees emerge to begin their annual forage. They get to work, flying three or four miles across town to pollinate lilacs in someone’s garden or tulip poplars in a nearby park, and they return to do their mysterious dances in their colorful rooftop hives, in the one painted with rabbits, say, or with the logo of the Bull Durham Beer Company, or the two whose vibrant triangles represent Research Triangle Park… More at The Bitter Southerner.

Brilliant article which is presented very well indeed.

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