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In San Francisco, hotels welcome bees as honored guests

Beekeeper Spencer Marshall of the Fairmont hotel holds a frame covered in honeybees, pointing out various details including a mite and a queen honeybee. Source: Bailey Bischoff/The Christian Science Monitor

At the Fairmont San Francisco, the well-heeled visitors arriving through the front door aren’t the only guests staying at the five-star hotel. On the hotel’s rooftop terrace, above the rush and bustle of San Francisco’s city streets, a fainter hum can be heard – the buzz of bees.

Beekeeper Spencer Marshall pries open a white, wooden box that houses thousands of bees and pulls out a frame that vibrates with life. The makeshift hive sits nestled among garden boxes overflowing with

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