Honeybee & beekeeping history (68 images)

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The bee entered Man's history with its progressive domestication, which probably began in the Middle East. Man's own knowledge of the bee grew slowly, mostly because the mystery of the hive was kept secret by the guardians' sting. We have to wait for Réaumur and his observations of a glass-cased hive to finally see the veil lifted from the social life of the colony, and the invention of the microscope to get to know the bee's physiology. The appearance of the frame hive made...
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