Today, Studio 3511 bypassed sparkling beaches and luxurious resorts, and instead took us farther inland to the Waimanalo Agriculture’s farm of Hawaii. Under the shade of the Macadamia nut trees, Dr. Ethel Villlobos and her team enjoyed an outdoor photo shoot with some unusual guests: bees.
The UH Honeybee Project started after varroa mites made their way to the island. These pests can spread disease and lead to the decline of honeybee colonies—an epidemic that already struck the mainland. The Honeybee team helps local beekeepers and farmers manage and contain the threat of varroa mites, as well as sharing upcoming vital information on these nasty pests. Check out the team, doing what they do best, below!
Despite the instinctual revulsion toward bees (especially massive swarms of them), they’re such a necessary component for a balanced ecosystem, and we’re glad the UH Honeybee Project has stepped up for the task of keeping them safe. And after all, check out all that honey at the end of the day!
Thanks to Studio 3511 for braving the swarm of bees to bring us these wonderful pictures, and thanks to the UH Honeybee Project for doing a great deed!