Skills Needed By A Beekeeper Based On History

Skills Needed By A Beekeeper Based On History

No one really knows when the first time someone thought about collecting bees honey from hives. We do realize that the hobby of beekeeping has been around for a long time. Archaeologists have found cave drawings depicting collecting honey. These caves were found in Africa and Spain's eastern regions. Archaeologists feel that the cave drawings were created in 7000BC.


Most of these photographs show people scooping honey out of rocks and trees but a couple of them depict images of humans standing, unstung, accompanied by a swarms of bees. Scientist feel that these early cave dwellers somehow learned that smoke had an interesting impact on bees.

The earliest man-made bee hives were made out of pottery, clay vases and bowls, and straw baskets resembled the trees and rock crevices that the bees were drawn to in nature. Early beekeepers learned how to capture swarms of bees in these containers, once trapped the bees proceeded to turn the containers into a bee hive.

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Evidence that many ancient civilizations such as the Myans raised bees and collected their honey.

Aficionados of Roman history realize that bees and honey played a role in the Roman culture. The Goddess Mellona, was the protector of the bees.

The Greeks also had a great deal of respect for the honey bees. On Mt. Olympus, the home of Zeus, they sipped the nectar supplied by the gods (experts feel that the nectar that the Greeks remarked was honey). Greek mythology claims that bees were liable for building Apollo's second temple. When he wrote his book, The History of Animals, Aristotle wrote about how bees were able to locate flowers.

In the period of time between the 1500's and 1851 was an evolutionary time for beekeeping. The first critical change in beekeeping happened late in the 1500's. It was during this period that facts were learned about the life cycle of the honey bee. Once beekeepers understood the way that bees lived they were better able to take care of the winged insects.

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Adaptations to man-made hives started happening. As beekeepers, agricultural enthusiast, and scientists, yearned to find out more about the life cycle of bees, beekeepers search for ways to design a hive that would let them easily see inside the hive to better their view of the colony.


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