Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea becomes a beekeeper while band record new album

Bass player picks up new hobby while band are not on tour

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has installed three huge beehives ay his home in a bid to quell the ever decreasing population of the species.

As TMZ reports, the musician has three beehives at his home with each hive containing over 60,000 bees. It is said by a source that Flea has “mastered the craft” of beekeeping despite only starting earlier this year but that it is merely a hobby while the band are not touring.

Widespread deaths among bees, referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder, have been reported for nearly a decade but the problem has become worse in recent years. Beekeepers in the United States reported losses of around 40 per cent of their colonies from April 2014 to April 2015, according to a survey carried out by the Bee Informed Partnership and Apiary Inspectors of America.

Flea has documented his beekeeping on Instagram. See pictures below:

Late last year Flea confirmed Red Hot Chili Peppers are recording a new album and described it as “super danceable”. Drummer Chad Smith is also on record as saying that the band were working with an “unnamed producer”, believed to be Danger Mouse.

Josh Klinghoffer of the band previously revealed that the Chili Peppers spent a year in the studio without a producer.

In May 2014, Chad Smith also spoke about the early stages of writing the album.