The History of Beekeeping:

Humans have been eating honey for thousands of years.  At first the honey was taken from wild honeybee colonies. This wasn’t really beekeeping, but honey hunting or honey gathering.  The wild colony was often spoiled or destroyed when the wax and honey was taken from the hiveHoney gathering still goes on in many places around the world.  In the Solomon Islands the tiny, sting-less, bush bee named Trigona is still sometimes hunted for honey.

People soon learned that it was easier to make a home or hive for the honeybee close to where they lived.  Then they did not have to spend so much time looking in the bush for wild coloniesHoneybees have been kept in many different kinds of hives around the world like clay pots, hollowed logs, or straw baskets.  All of these types of hives had the same problem.  You had to spoil or destroy the wax comb when you harvested the honey.

In the middle 1800s, or about 150 years ago, the  “moveable frame” hive was invented.  Moveable frame hives are used in most of the world today, including the Solomon Islands. Beekeepers can now remove the frames of honey without damaging the comb or killing the bees. This means that beekeeping is much easier and more profitable.


Interesting Fact:

Honeybees are found on every continent of the world except the Antarctic.


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