Beekeeping is considered among the oldest activities of man.Because it has had many gradual changes over the years, people can see just how far it has come and how long it has been around.Although bees have been in existence for many years now, it was much easier to keep them years back as opposed to how it is today.
In order to understand the importance of bees to the environment, we can look at the benefits of bees to many people all over the world for years gone by.According to many cave paintings and drawings, people in parts of Spain and Africa started collecting honey and keeping bees more than 15,000 years ago.
Bees were mainly kept because the produced honey, which was used as a source of food.It was used for sweetening drinks and foods and making anti-bacterial agents as well as wine.Other than honey, bees produce wax, which made medicine, glue and candles as well as a popular traditional drink called mead.
Bees could only be found in certain areas like the forests or other isolated places.To make the process of collecting honey and wax easier, people decided to build their own beehives in order to have the bees there when they needed them.History dictates that Egypt was one of the places that made the initial beehives, which were made out of anything that could create dark compartments where the bees would work.
The Ancient Greek and the Romans are other civilizations also referenced to have made beehives many years ago.This practice was necessitated by the fact that collecting honey from wild hives normally meant that they were destroyed every time honey was collected.
The first renowned man-made hive was made by an Italian Immigrant who lived in America.He says he drew his inspiration from a book that was published in the early 1850’s and understood the distances that bees leave on the honeycombs when creating them.This knowledge made it much easier for him to create hives that worked and it evolved into the modern hives commonly used today.
The honeycombs were made in a way that they could come out of the hive for inspection then put back in without breaking apart.With that, colonies and hives would no longer be destroyed after collecting honey.Over the years, people came up with ways and discovered techniques to enable bees produce honey and affect the environment positively through pollination.