Mike and Paulina from Live for Less were treated to an up-close beehive experience with urban beekeeper Jack Wilson Stone. This is one his many rooftop beehives located on commercial buildings around Brisbane's inner city.
This hive sits atop a cafe roof in Brisbane's West End. Using such commercial rooftops ensures the bees are well away from pedestrians and residents.
Jack prepares smoke before approaching the hive.
Smoke masks alarm pheromones that are released by guard bees or bees that are injured during a beekeeper's inspection. The smoke allows the beekeeper to open the hive and work while the colony's defensive response is interrupted.
The honey builds up on these slatted racks mounted in stacked hive boxes.
"They won't sting you" says Jack. A slightly nervous Mike helps Jack pick up a hive box with his bare hands.
The queen has a much longer abdomen than the others bees. Even so, she is still hard to spot unless you know what you're looking for.
Drone bees have no sting and are few in number - most bees in a hive are worker bees. The drones sole purpose is to find a virgin queen to mate with.
This rack is ready for harvesting the sweet, delicious honey.