In Northeast Philly, beekeeping thrives - The Temple News

Before tending to about 500,000 honeybees, Sam Torres ignites a clump of paper kindling inside his hand-held bee smoker. He then squeezes the bellows until smoke begins to stream from the nozzle. The smoke, Torres said, masks the bees' alarm pheromones, preventing the colony from signaling to one another to defend the hive.