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Bees on the roof of the Opera House!

June 27, 2012

As you walk by the Garnier Opera House, chances to hear music from rehearsals or shows are slim, but if you listen very carefully, you may hear the buzzing of bees… Don’t be surprised, thousands of them are indeed  probably flying over your head since the roof of the Garnier Opera House is home to 5 hives.

Jean Paucton, who then worked at the Opera House as a props person, installed the first hive in the early 1980s. It was supposed to be temporary, but the location turned out to be such an ideal place for the bees that Paucton decided to install more hives. His initial finding was soon confirmed: while the average mortality rate for bees is usually close to 50%, his losses were of only 5% ! As he explains, the pesticides are much less present in the city than in the countryside. The hives produce half a ton of honey every year, which can be bought in the Opera gift shop or at one of the nearby Fauchon boutiques.

This success led Jean Paucton to install  hives on the roof of  the Bastille Opera House as well. Unfortunately, it is impossible to go to the top of the Opera Garnier and admire the hives… much to the delight of Jean Paucton who is more than happy to maintain an atmosphere of  tranquility for his bees and to preserve a semblance of secrecy!

Other beekeepers have since been inspired by Jean Paucton and have installed hives on other Parisian buildings such as the Grand Palais or in the Monceau Park…

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  1. Ocie Dalluge permalink
    August 9, 2012 4:15 am

    Hives are really nasty, it can cause severe itchiness and redness. Antihistamines are heaven sent for me. ““;.

    Hope This Helps!

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