By Daniel Kreps | Rolling Stone
It’s a hobby perhaps more befitting of Sting than Flea, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist has become a full-fledged beekeeper with over 200,000 insects in his apiary. In recent months, Flea has posted numerous photos of himself in full beekeeping regalia on his social media accounts, and TMZ reports that his backyard is now home to three hives with over 60,000 bees apiece.
Flea’s passion for beekeeping is twofold: In addition to his unabashed “love” for the insect – “Pleezus more beezus” and “Me about to get busy with my beautiful little bees that I love,” he wrote in June – the bassist’s environmental concerns also inspired him to cultivate an apiary of “Flea’s bees.” The honeybee population has steadily and staggeringly decreased over the past few decades, a decline known as the Colony Collapse Disorder, threatening a food chain that relies on the bugs to pollinate plant life.
[We wrote an article detailing the true cause of bee collapse – and how we can and will “fix it” – check it out here.]