, from Latin
") is the maintenance of honey bee
colonies, commonly in hives
, by humans. A beekeeper
(or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey
and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax
, 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 15,000 years ago; efforts to domesticate them are shown in Egyptian art 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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beekeeping
These images were taken in September 2013 at the Johnson County Community College with a beginning beekeeper class.