A short history of knowledge about honey bees (Apis) up to 1800

publication date: May 1, 2004
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Journal Name Bee World
Article Title A short history of knowledge about honey bees (Apis) up to 1800
Author(s) Eva Crane
Volume 85
Issue 1
  
Published Date 5/1/2004
Pages 6 to 11
Abstract Honey bees dealt with here include Apis mellifera native in many parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Apis cerana native in parts of Asia south of a latitude of 40°-45°N. Both are social bees whose colony builds its nest in a cavity, and so can be kept in a hive. Apis dorsata, dealt with more briefly, is a larger social honey bee living in tropical Asia. Its colony builds a single-comb nest in the open, from which much more honey and wax can be harvested than from a nest or hive of A. cerana in the same area. Maps showing regions where the species are native have been published elsewhere.
Keywords beekeeping, history, honey bees, Apis  
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