Beekeeper Andrew Cote lights a hive smoker before inspecting the Waldorf Astoria hotel’s beehives in New York on Tuesday. The hotel harvests its own honey from six hives kept on the 20th floor to use at its three restaurants.
Palestinian beekeepers inspect beehives at the honey-bee farm in Al Moghraqa in the central Gaza strip on Thursday. The beekeepers collect honey and wax from the beehives at this time of year.
Beekeepers protest in Parliament Square to urge Britain’s government to ban the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, in central London. EU governments failed last month to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, but the European Commission is threatening to force such a ban through unless member states agree a compromise.
Palestinian beekeepers collect honey at a farm in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/REUTERS
Beekeeping is a Palestinian tradition nearly seven millenia old – the oldest archaeological remnants shows mud beekeeping in the Canaanite era in the Babb El Wad area, now called West Jerusalem.