Beekeeper says his 'sweeties' are thriving in Detroit - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

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>>

  • Michigan nurse's story of fighting Ebola on the frontlines

    Michigan nurse's story of fighting Ebola on the frontlines

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:21 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:21:51 GMT
    Kelly Sites is back from Africa following her emotional and dangerous journey. Sites is a wife and a mother of twin teenagers, a boy and a girl, but she's willing to leave her life and everything she knows at a moment's notice and put herself in harm's way - to help people in need.
    Kelly Sites is back from Africa following her emotional and dangerous journey. Sites is a wife and a mother of twin teenagers, a boy and a girl, but she's willing to leave her life and everything she knows at a moment's notice and put herself in harm's way - to help people in need.
  • Hazel Park man who lied about assault charged with home invasion

    Hazel Park man who lied about assault charged with home invasion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:24:41 GMT
    Holloway said he was jumped by a group of guys over a cigarette. But the story unraveled and Holloway was lying. A woman who saw the story said that Holloway broke into her home and was caught by her boyfriend who delivered the beating.
    Holloway said he was jumped by a group of guys over a cigarette. But the story unraveled and Holloway was lying. A woman who saw the story said that Holloway broke into her home and was caught by her boyfriend who delivered the beating.
  • 2 men killed after one sets the other on fire

    2 men killed after one sets the other on fire

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:47:07 GMT
    Detroit Police tell us that two men were killed Friday morning at a home on Springwells street in southwest Detroit after an apparent domestic turned deadly.
    Detroit Police tell us that two men were killed Friday morning at a home on Springwells street in southwest Detroit after an apparent domestic turned deadly.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

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