I am curious about this as a hobbiest who does not care about a honey yield (ok, maybe a taste). Does anyone know of someone who has a nano setup where they are just housing bees to enjoy them? How small could I go? Can I buy a small package or does the nature of the species require a certain population? I breifly tried searching the web for this niche part of the hobby and could not find anything. I could see this as a lot of fun. I was also wondering about building the hive out of acrylic so I could see though it and see what was going on. Do they need darkness? Can anyone point me to what they think I might be looking for in regards to this? Thanks, Newbie (this is a shotgun question, I know nothing yet and would not get into the hobby and kill a package, but I am wondering if this hobby will suite my needs in that I don't want to produce honey for human consumption, only for the bees) oh... and I am in southern wisconsin. brrrrr Please, everyone answer back. I know everyone has different ideas on these matters. oh... this is never going to end. would it be possible to keep them in an acrylic case, in my home with an outlet pipe going out of the house? It would be very cool to watch them, and they would also keep warm in the winter time.