For 5 months a year the bee house buzzes
12:00 AM, February 06, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:04 PM, February 07, 2017

For 5 months a year the bee house buzzes

Every year before blooming of mustard flowers, several lakh bees come to a house in Pachuria village of Delduar upazila and make around 50 beehives at different places of the concrete building and trees around the house.

They go back after staying at the house for about five months. This has been happening at the house of Badal Chakrabatry for the last seven years. 

Locals call the house “Bee House”. Many outsiders also visit the house to see the beehives. 

Badal, a stationery shop owner at Laohati Bazar, told The Daily Star that the bees come to his house in the Bangla month of Agrahayan (November) and go back in Baishakh (April).

"Every year, they come just in time and build their hives at the previous places. Nobody of my house disturbs the bees and they never harm anyone,” he said.

Badal also said he has no training on beekeeping, honey collection and preservation.

"I collect honey from the beehives by the professional honey collectors two to three times in the five months. He gets a large amount of honey when the mustard plants bloom and a little amount when mango and litchi trees are in flower,” he said. 

 "He gets honey between 80kg and 90kg in the five months,” Badal said.

"I distribute a portion of the honey among my neighbours, relatives and friends, keep some at my house and sell the rest in the market,” he said.

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