Backyard Beekeepers Abuzz Over Social Life of Hive

To appreciate the pleasures of beekeeping, just listen to Vivian Clayton, a hobbyist beekeeper in Walnut Creek, California, buzz about the insects in her hive.

“It’s just the most incredible, delightful thing to watch,” she said. “They know where the hive is, and as they get close, they slowly drop down on a landing board. It’s such a gracious thing [to watch]. Do that for 15 minutes, and you are totally blissed out.”