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Beekeeping, tacuinum sanitatis casanatensis (14th century [1])

Beekeeping - A brief history


The countryside of the Tuscan Maremma is one of the most beautiful settings that nature can offer. There is a rich heritage of beekeeping and honey production.


Beekeeping or apiculture is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or "bee yard."
Depictions of humans collecting honey from wild bees date to 10,000 years ago.[2] Beekeeping in pottery vessels began about 9,000 years ago in North Africa.[3] Domestication is shown in Egyptian art from around 4,500 years ago.Simple hives and smoke were used and honey was stored in jars, some of which were found in the tombs of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun. It wasn't until the 18th century that European understanding of the colonies and biology of bees allowed the construction of the moveable comb hive so that honey could be harvested without destroying the entire colony.


YouTube | Bees in the garden - Catching a swarm of bees at Casa Vacanze Podere Santa Pia


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A swarm about to land  

A swarm attached to a branch




Bee collecting pollen


The first hive at Podere Santa Pia


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Queen bee (center)


  Worker bee  

Larger drones compared to smaller workers


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Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia
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Podere Santa Pia

Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia

[1] Taccuino Sanitatis, Casanatense 4182. This work is in the public domain.
The Tacuinum Sanitatis[1] is a medieval handbook mainly on health, based on the Taqw?m as-si??ah ("Maintenance of Health"), an eleventh-century Arab medical treatise by Ibn Butlan of Baghdad [2].
[2] Dams, M.; Dams, L. (21 July 1977). "Spanish Rock Art Depicting Honey Gathering During the Mesolithic"Nature268 (5617): 228–230. doi:10.1038/268228a0.
[3] Roffet-Salque, Mélanie; et al. (14 June 2016). "Widespread exploitation of the honeybee by early Neolithic farmers"Nature534 (7607): 226–227. doi:10.1038/nature18451.
 Crane, Eva (1999). The world history of beekeeping and honey hunting. London: Duckworth.


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Questo articolo è basato sull' articolo Beekeeping dell' enciclopedia Wikipedia ed è rilasciato sotto i termini della GNU Free Documentation License.