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Brief Published: 19 Apr 2018

Beecosystem: Beehives for Beginners


A US-based company is hoping to inspire a new generation of beekeepers with wall-mounted hives that can be installed inside or outside buildings.

Beecosystem's modular HexHive boxes are for beekeeping beginners who want to learn about the importance of pollination and bee populations. The hives have been innovatively designed to take up minimal space, making them perfect for urban nature-lovers.

HexHive boxes can be attached to any wall using a mounting bracket and a clear plug-in tube that runs between the modules and a specially designed window unit if the hive is situated indoors. Beekeepers can attach supplementary hexagonal modules to their original box, using the built-in magnetic connection points, if they want their hive to expand into additional boxes.

To populate their HexHive, newbie beekeepers will have to order worker bees and a newly mated queen from a packaged bees company that will ship directly to your door.

"Over the past decade, honeybee health has been in serious decline and the situation is getting dire," says founder Dustin Betz. "We wanted to reconnect people with food systems in a super-tangible and intimate way."

A single HexHive box costs $599 and includes a wall mount, clear tubing and window unit. Customers can also buy a starter kit of beekeeping tools for $150. The HexHives are available to pre-order now.

Beecosystem highlights a growing consumer interest in the natural world. For more information, including trends in indoor gardening and urban tree climbing, read Nature Embracers.