8-year-old beekeeper is the 'bees knees'

Beekeeper Tristian Campbell, age 8, uses a smoker to tame these bees just like someone two times his age.

Beekeeping is a unique hobby. But it's especially rare to find a child taming the hives.

Beekeeper Tristian Campbell, age 8, uses a smoker to tame these bees just like someone two times his age. But for him, this gig is old hat, and a passion he's developed since he was five.

"My dad was always talking about bees and so I thought I wanted to try it and see if I could do it," Tristian said.

His father Dustin Campbell says it all began with the buzz of Tristian's curiosity, which grew almost as fast as the flicker of bees' wings.

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"We ended up getting him a suit so he could be close and kind of observe," Dustin Campbell said. "He started out as my smoker helper and now he's running the hives on his own."

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This elementary school student maintains his own hives and harvests the honey himself ... with a little heavy lifting from dad. But what might surprise you is the knowledge hiding behind this beekeeper's netting.

Another important tip I learned from this young beekeeper is how to avoid being stung by a bee. Tristian says when you're around bees, avoid swatting or waving them away. That just gets them agitated. Also don't scream, because bees can sense the vibrations in your voice. Instead move slowly and speak calmly.

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"To have an 8-year-old boy going into something that people think is obscure or dangerous and really get into the science and the field work side of it is just amazing for a father," Dustin Campbell said.

You won't soon find another grade schooler this concerned about bees' impact on national agriculture. But behind all those facts is a father-son bond that stands out like a queen bee.

"We get together and we have a lot of great conversation when we're beekeeping so I hope this something we share for years and years," Dustin Campbell said.

And for both these apiarists that may just be sweeter than the honey scraped from these combs.

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Another fun fact about bees, they can't see the color white. So when beekeepers wear their suits, they are virtually invisible to honeybees.