Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Becomes a Beekeeper

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Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at The Isle of Wight Festival as Seaclose Park on June 14, 2014 in Newport, Isle of Wight. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a new hobby: beekeeping. He has an estimated 200,000 bees in his backyard, and he’s been posting pictures of “Flea’s bees” on social media over the past several weeks, like the one below.

 

Deep to the hive super organism. I love my bees. Flea's bees

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According to TMZ, Flea has three beehives, each holding more than 60,000 bees -- and he’s “mastered the craft” in just a few months. His work could help increase the world’s bee population, which has been in decline. The United States Department of Agriculture says that the amount of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. has decreased from 5 million in the 1940s to only 2.5 million today.

Plus, judging by the captions of other photos that he’s posted on Facebook -- “Me about to get busy with my beautiful little bees that I love” and “Pleezus more beezus” -- he just really loves bees.

Me about to get busy with my beautiful little bees that I love

Posted by Flea on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
 

Pleezus more beezus

Posted by Flea on Wednesday, June 24, 2015