Michael Peter Balzary, better known as Flea, the 53 year old bassist of the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, is a beekeeper in his spare time.
Many famous musicians have various hobbies, which have nothing to do with music, but not many of those hobbies are eco-friendly or orientated at helping improve our planet’s flora and fauna.
Flea, who is famous for his philanthropist work and for his activism is various projects, became a beekeeper in August 2015. He set up an apiary in his personal backyard in order to help Earth’s bee population. The 53 year old bassist is currently taking care of more than 200,000 honeybees housed in a total of 3 beehives. Flea claims he decided to become a beekeeper so that he could do something about the importance of restoring the honeybee population on our planet. This comes to no surprise for Red Hot Chili Peppers, since the bassist is well-known for his environment orientated activism.
Flea has uploaded quite a few photos of himself on the social media while enjoying spending some time with his backyard honeybees. The band’s bassist claims that he loves his bees and that each second spent with his precious insects is filled with joy. Flea’s actions are aimed at boosting the population of honeybees, which has been dropping significantly over the past years. The steady decrease of the bee population is known as Colony Collapse Disorder and it has a huge negative effect on our environment. Since honeybees are playing a key role in an entire food chain, which relies on these insects for its survival, the work of each beekeeper is crucial for our survival, as well as the survival of the flora and fauna on our planet.