Bee-flat: Cello nests 20,000 honey bees

A professor from Nottingham Trent University, who’s married to a professional cellist, turned a cello into a hive of 20,000 honey bees. Martin Bencsik, whose father is a beekeeper, used to hate bees because they stung him. However, after a decade of researching on honey bees, Bencsik feels absolutely satisfied even by merely watching for hours how the bees built their structure in the cello.

Bencsik plans to record the sounds that bees make inside the cello and see how it creates a musical soundscape, which he could include in a performance by the end of 2019. The instrument is in his garden in West Bridgford, where he oftentimes watches how the bees work. The professor said that within a few weeks, the cello would be full of honeycomb.

The declining number of trees means lesser homes for these bees; although encouraging a swarm of bees to set up hive inside their cello is a sacrifice, it makes a good shelter for them to develop, noted Bencsik. He hopes that this beehive project will spark awareness about the declining population of this pollinator insects.

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