Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea apparently wasn't dormant while his broken arm was healing during the past few months.
TMZ reports that Flea has become an avid beekeeper during the past few months, with hives housing about 200,000 bees in his backyard in California; he recently posted a photo on his Facebook page with the message, "Deep to the hive super organism. I love my bees. Flea's bees."
Flea's news comes amid revelations that the bee population in the U.S. has drastically declined, with today's 2.5 million managed colonies down 23.2 percent from 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Flea and the Chili Peppers are back at work on their next album, the follow-up to 2011's I'm With You, after the bassist convalesced from breaking his arm during a February skiing accident. Danger Mouse is reportedly working with the Chili Peppers on the set.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.