People and the bees

The honey bee’s intimate connection with humans, has a high value, bringing a sweetener to our table, royal jelly, pollination and so many more. That’s why this insect has earned a most welcome place in our lives than other insects.

Honey bee species were originally separated in the wild by geography or behavior, each occupying their own niche, but human intervention has seen one species come to dominate.

There is evidence that honey bees were first domesticated in ancient Egypt, back then, the bees were held in hives made from clay or mud and straws. Also, in France and northern Spain, we found many representations of bees that are illustrated in rock art.

Since honey has a value not only as a food product but also has been part of religious rituals and as a medicinal ingredient, the honey takes an important place in the daily life and it gets more critical to this product be accessible for collection.

In Europe the Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) was domesticated for honey production and crop pollination. Artificial homes for bees started to be created and new methods of beekeeping were developed. These practices altered the evolution of honey bees and increased the importance of honey bees in an agricultural society.

As European colonists expanded around the globe, they carried their native species with them, and we are able to enjoy all the benefits that this small specie brings.

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