The World Of Bees

The World Of Bees

Article by Diana Lim

A swarm of bees is bliss A scene of beauty,That no one should miss…….

A garden of flowers is just wonderfulBut, humming bees dancing in it,Make it so colorful…………

The taste of honey is our mouth’s delightCuring all ailments,It makes our pains light…………

A swarm of bees is so preciousIt’s dutiful and helpful,And keeps our life gracious……..

Seldom in our hectic lives have we found time for the animal kingdom? We get so much immersed in our day-to-day chores that we sometimes forget about the beautiful creations of God. The nook and corner of the Universe is filled with splendid entities all around. In fact, even one life is not enough to adore these beautiful gifts of God. Starting from unicellular organisms like amoeba and paramecium to multi-cellular organisms like birds, mammals, etc, the world is full of exciting creations. Other than creating balance in the ecosystem, they also play a significant role in helping us in every manner. So, let us take time and start our journey into the arena of “Bees”.

Biologically belonging to the family of Apoidea, bees are an important part and parcel of human life and philosophies. Bees hold integral and in-depth meaning in some civilizations, cultures, spiritual and occult practices, marriages and other traditional domains. Other than adding health and vitality to our mortal being, bees add beauty and color wherever they are. They symbolize salutary Holy Spirit and goodwill, purity, deities, diligence and hard work.

Anatomically, bees are four-winged and hairy insects. Their major defense mechanism is their sting which leaves its predator in a painful and panicky state. They feed on flower nectar. Their beautiful and dutiful nature makes them unique among other insects.

There are nearly 20,000 types of bees throughout the world. The bees can be classified by observing the type of hive, the social characteristics, the behavior and the key features. Some of these are described below:Types of BeesMost bees were originated from places in Europe, Africa and some parts of Asia, but with the fact that many bees were brought over by immigrants to the United States over the centuries.

Among these bees, Africanized honeybee is the most popular with beekeepers and the beekeeping industry. The African honeybee produces clover honey which is the most favorite by mankind. One reason that the African bee is so popular because they do not aggressively attack someone. They only attack when they are defending the hive and the Queen.

No one really knows the history of honey collection from hives. Archaeologist has discovered cave drawings portray honey collection found in Africa and Spain’s eastern regions and it was believed that the cave drawings were created in 7000BC. This illustrate that the art of beekeeping has been around for a very long time.

The first critical evolution in beekeeping happened in late 1500′s. Beekeeping is the maintenance of honey bee hives by humans. A beekeeper keeps bees in order to collect honey and beeswax, to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. It was by then that beekeepers learned about the life cycle of the honey bee, understood the way that bees lived so that it can be better taken care of. Beekeepers also look for ways to design a hive that would allow them to easily see inside the hive, as such adaptations to artificial hives started taking place. Whether casual hobby or commercial, beekeeping can not be successful unless the beekeeper fully understood the life cycle of the honey bee.

In 1850′s European honey bee was introduced to California and subsequently to Oregon and Canada. It is believed that currently there are over 210,000 beekeepers in the United States and maintain over three million active bee hives. Beekeeping was practiced for the harvesting of honey and its bi-products royal jelly and propolis. It can be turned into a lucrative business.

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