Most people hop, skip and jump out of the way when a bee is in site.

But this 22ft-high man-made hive allows those with a curious nature to step inside and watch how the fastidious creatures produce their honey – with little risk of getting stung.

Students at The State University of New York created the stainless steel tower for a project.

 

 

 

 

 
More than 5,000 bees reside in this man-made hive, which is 22ft high. The insects produce more than five gallons of honey over the spring and summer

More than 5,000 bees reside in this man-made hive, which is 22ft high. The insects produce more than five gallons of honey over the spring and summer

 

 
The impressive tower is made from stainless steel and was built on reclaimed land in Buffalo for an environmental project

The impressive tower is made from stainless steel and was built on reclaimed land in Buffalo for an environmental project

 

 
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The project will act as an important conservation exercise for bees in the wake of their dropping numbers

Called Hive City, it is home to 5,000 bees, who produce an incredible five gallons of honey in the spring and summer months by flying up to five miles to collect pollen from local wild flowers.

It was built on formally abandoned land in Buffalo and is designed so human visitors can watch the bees go about their business in the hive.

Designer Courtney Creenan, 26, explained the idea behind the giant home for bees.

 
 
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A child takes a look inside the impressive tower, which only holds one person at a time

 

 
The students say people soon lose their fear of the insects when they enter the tower

The students say people soon lose their fear of the insects when they enter the tower

 
With the sheer volume of bees inside, it is no surprise a few strays seep outside

With the sheer volume of bees inside, it is no surprise a few strays seep outside

 

 
The students, from the State University of New York, reckon they have become bee enthusiasts for life since the tower went up

The students, from the State University of New York, reckon they have become bee enthusiasts for life since the tower went up

 

 
The bees travel up to five miles to get pollen from flowers before heading back to the hive to produce their honey

The bees travel up to five miles to get pollen from flowers before heading back to the hive to produce their honey

‘We won a competition to design a habitat for a large bee colony that needed to be relocated,’ he said.

‘The entry to the bee cab is approximately ten feet off the ground which keeps the bees separated from their human visitors as well as protected from any animal predators.

‘Visitors are timid when they first enter Hive City because of the stigma of being stung.

 
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Scientists have been concerned for some time about the dwindling bee population

 

 
Designer Courtney Creenan, 26, from explained the idea behind the giant home for bees. 'We won a competition to design a habitat for a large bee colony that needed to be relocated,'

America is one of the largest consumers of honey in the world

 

 
Bees are one of the most important creatures in the food chain and without them, scores of other species wouldn't survive

Bees are one of the most important creatures in the food chain and without them, scores of other species wouldn’t survive

‘However, once inside the fear is usually overcome and rarely do humans come in contact with the bees.

‘When people go inside, sunlight streams through the triangular perforations in the steel and makes for a beautiful, atmospheric experience.

‘Our team has become amateur bee keepers and we have assumed care for them since their move.

‘We did work with a professional bee keeper, who moved them into their new home.

‘Hive City is meant to be a symbol of the economic and ecological transformation of the site.’

 
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