Beekeeper says his 'sweeties' are thriving in Detroit - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Beekeeper says his 'sweeties' are thriving in Detroit

Posted: Updated:
An up close and personal look at Rich Wieske's "sweeties."   He says his honey bees are thriving in various Detroit neighborhoods. An up close and personal look at Rich Wieske's "sweeties." He says his honey bees are thriving in various Detroit neighborhoods.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Beekeeper Rich Wieske tends to tens of thousands of bees in Detroit.  He has dozens of buzzing hives in various neighborhoods, including one on Theodore Street on the city's east side.

"Bees have existed for over 50 million years the way they are now, and they did fine without us.  They'll do fine without us again," he said.

However, they're not doing fine in our current environment.  Bees are dying off at an alarming rate across the U.S.  That is bad news because we depend on them to pollenate about a third of the food supply on earth.

"They are disappearing, and the reasons for the disappearance are sort of multiple, but largely insecticides, the environment," Wieske explained.

He said the best thing people can do is plant linden trees.  We saw swarms of his bees hard at work taking pollen from cherry blossoms and returning to their hives.

He said his "sweeties," as he calls them, are doing well and thriving in an unlikely urban setting.

"There's just a whole environment.  When you open a hive, you actually have to sort of put yourself in bee world.  It's sort of like the zen of being a bee," Wieske remarked.

That zen, he said, proves honey bees are slow, calm and consciences creatures.  Scented smoke is used to keep them that way.  I'll admit I kept my distance, but the truth is they don't sting you unless they're threatened or disturbed.

"Wasps are much more predatory.  They are going to attack your hot dogs, your soda, whatever you have because they're just looking for the carbohydrates.  Honey bees out in nature, very rarely is anybody ever stung by a honey bee," Wieske said.

If you would like to learn more about bees, Wieske will be one of the presenters at this year's MI Earth Day Fest.  The event will be held from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 in downtown Rochester.  For more information, visit www.migreenteam.com/miedf.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:42:59 GMT
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
  • PACE program tax credits allow for law firm building's green makeover

    PACE program tax credits allow for law firm building's green makeover

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:27:40 GMT
    From the ground, the 1-800-Law-Firm building on Lahser between I-696 and Northwestern looks like a typical office building. Until you look from a different angle.Fox 2 climbed to the roof on a sunny afternoon to check out these newly installed solar panels, expected to offset half of the building's energy costs.They're part of a $1 million green makeover, but the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, makes them more affordable. Kevin O'Connor, marketing director from the 1-800-Law-F...
    From the ground, the 1-800-Law-Firm building on Lahser between I-696 and Northwestern looks like a typical office building. Until you look from a different angle.Fox 2 climbed to the roof on a sunny afternoon to check out these newly installed solar panels, expected to offset half of the building's energy costs.They're part of a $1 million green makeover, but the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, makes them more affordable. Kevin O'Connor, marketing director from the 1-800-Law-F...
  • One dead, one wounded in armed robbery of Detroit tire shop

    One dead, one wounded in armed robbery of Detroit tire shop

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-08-26 11:24:56 GMT
    The Easy Pay Tire Shop on Livernois and Tireman was closed for business Monday as family members grieved the shooting death of Michael Cople.
    The Easy Pay Tire Shop on Livernois and Tireman was closed for business Monday as family members grieved the shooting death of Michael Cople.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices