This is the History of Beekeeping
It is not known of the first time a person thought about collecting the honey from hives. What we know is that this practice has been around for a very long time. Archaeologist have discovered cave drawings depicting collecting honey. They were discovered in Spain and Africa. Archaeologist believe that the cave drawings were created in 7000BC.
Some of the pictures that were discovered show people scooping honey out of trees and different rocksbut a few of them depict images of humans standing, unstung, in the midst of a swarms of bees. Scientist believe that these early cave dwellers somehow learned that smoke had an interesting affect on bees.
Bee hives in the early days were made out of pottery, clay vases and bowls, and trees were resembled by straw baskets plus rock crevices. These containers were used the capture swarms of bees. Once the bees where trapped the bees proceeded to turn the containers into a bee hive.
Evidence that many ancient civilizations, such as the Myans, raised bees and collected their honey.
Aficionados of Roman history know that bees and honey played a role in the Roman culture. The protector of the bees was known as Goddess Mellona.
The Greeks also had a great deal of respect for the honey bees. On Mt. Olympus, the home of Zeus, they sipped the nectar provided by the gods (experts believe that the nectar that the Greeks referred to was honey). Greek mythology claims that Apollo's second temple was built by bees. When his popular book was written, The History of Animals, Aristotle disclosed how flowers were located by bees.
In the period of time between the 1500's and 1851 was when beekeeping turned evolutionary. 1500's vwas the first big change in beekeeping. It was during this time that information was learned about the life cycle of the honey bee. Once beekeepers understood the way that bees lived they then carefully cared for bees.
People then adapted to artificial hives. As beekeepers, agricultural enthusiast, and scientists, craved to know more on bees, growing beekeepers started looking for great designs which would allow them to easily look inside the bee hives
The first mobile bee hive was designed by Lorenzo Langstroth,.
By the time the 1850's got here the European California was introduced to honey bees. After California the honey bees were introduced to Oregon and Canada.
It is believed that there are over 210,000 beekeepers currently in the United States. Collectively these beekeepers maintain a little over 3,000,00 bee hives. To join the ranks of successful beekeepers get yourself a copy of my beginners guide below.......
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