Photo credit: Athlones Wildlife Apiaries
Ruari O Leocháin, a school teacher from the town of Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, decided to make lockdown a bit more productive by combining two of his passions, LEGO and bees. This project was already on the back of his mind for quite some time, but acquiring a massive amount of LEGO bricks kept him away from starting it, that is until…everything shut down. Read more for a video and additional information.
After ordering the LEGO bricks, he spent eight weeks working on the project “bit-by-bit” without using any adhesives or a blueprint. Once completed, it was up to the bees themselves to take over and transforms the LEGO structure into a functional beehive. In the end, roughly 30,000 showed up and are living there now.
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What the bees will do, given enough time, is they will propolize the whole thing. Propolis is a kind of glue that the bees get from trees, and with any gaps in a beehive, with any wind or air getting through, they will basically put their glue in between to seal it up. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such a big reaction … I have had people getting in touch with me from China, America, and elsewhere saying that they love the idea,” said Leocháin.