01. Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees – Beekeeping in the USA – Beekeeping History of 13000 BC.

Bumblebee Insect: Four common types of bumble bee in the United States has dropped by 96% according to national census 2011 of insects cited published in The Guardian. This proves an overall downward trend in bee populations. Bees are significant pollinators and are supreme contributor to the growth of plants. Read and learn more about Bumble Bee Insect, its amazing history that started since 13000 BC, and where do bumble bees live.

Bumblebee Insect – Bumble bee came from its previous name humblebee.

When Darwin, or certainly any of his classmates, wrote of the animated bundles of feathers, he would have called them humble bees. But they weren’t modest in the sense of lowly beings doing the hard work of nectar and pollen collecting; rather they would have been distinguished for the powerful evolutionary dealings with the flowers they had visited for thousands of years. Darwin would have called them humble bees was very logical and simple, as they fly, they hum.

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Bumblebee Insect, Its Amazing History And Where Do Bumble bees Live.

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The etymological modify of entomological names occurred step by step and imperceptibly, but some key procedures should be pin-pointed. The first grand 20th-century book on bees was written by Frederick Sladen, and his 1912 composition on their life history was tightly in the “humble” camp. Next to then, bumble, which had always been knocking around in the background as a second-rate option, had started to expand some ground. In Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse (1910), the eponymous heroine is concerned by squatters making mossy nests in her back yard. Chief pest is one Babbitty Bumble.

Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees - Beekeeping in the USA - Beekeeping History of 13000 BC.
Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees

It is, possibly, at about this time that the fairy tale of the bumble bee’s scientifically not possible. As aeronautics took off between the wars, together with faster and sleeker planes, the clumsy-looking hairy bee with its pitifully small wings and flabby body was the perfect match for its new, slightly criticism name, as it bumbled from droopy bloom to droopy bloom. In the next bee monograph, by John Free and Colin Butler (1959), the humblebee had disappeared for ever. Bumble bees become popular and recognize everywhere commercially.

To learn more about Bumble bee, you are suggested to buy a book online from amazon and read: Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide – Princeton Field Guides – Paperback – March 30, 2014.

Beekeeping History of 13000 BC.

Beekeeping history goes back thousands of years. There is evidence from rock paintings that some of the earliest honey gathering started from 13,000 BC. As we know from very old drawings of bee-keepers in the Niuserre’s sun temple of the 5th Dynasty (before 2422 BC) that the Egyptians kept bees. The drawing shows that the bee-keepers blowing smoke into the bee hives while they remove honey-combs. Moreover, pots of honey were found in the grave of some of the Pharaohs, as well as King Tut.

Cave drawings and handbook proves beekeeping history

There are also cave drawings found in Spain that of bee keeping dating back to the stone age of 6000 B.C. showed that the people were collecting honey from bee hives. The Tacuina Sanitatis is a medieval handbook written in the 14th century, also shows bees and bee hives. So we know bee keeping tradition has been honored from thousands of years back and done pretty much the same way as honey is so delicious.

Where do Bumble bee live

Bumble bees are living everywhere in the world including rural and urban areas. Now people are keeping bees in the Big cities like Washington DC, New York, London, Tokyo, Paris etc.

Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees - Beekeeping in the USA - Beekeeping History of 13000 BC.
Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees –

Beekeeping practice

Bee keeping has been practiced in all societies and in all continents throughout the world except Antarctica. In old tradition people raided the beehives to collect honey and destroyed the hives after collection. Then they change their idea and began to create bee hives and start beekeeping. Artificial bee hives were created in hollow wood, large clay vessels, straw baskets, and boxes made of wood and so on.

And there is also evidence that a highly organized and advance bee keeping system was in place in ancient Israel (Jerusalem) about 3,000 years before. Archaeologist Amihai Mazar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) found bee hive ruins (900 BC) that held around 100 beehives of more than 1 million bees.

Beekeeping in the US

Beekeeping is not a very old story in the USA, started in the 16th century. The first apiculture system was brought to Pennsylvania by Mr John Harbison in the 1800s. During the Great Depression of World War I (one) bee keeping became very popular in the US due to food and sugar shortages and their high cost.

You can buy a book here to read and learn more about the bee and backyard beekeeping: The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees.

People ordered for bee hives and equipment from the Sears and Roebuck catalog. That time wild bees were transferred from trees into the newly purchased hives. Bee keeping was a great help to many people.

Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees - Beekeeping in the USA - Beekeeping History of 13000 BC.
Beekeeping in the US.

Unfortunately and for unknown reason beekeeping lost popularity after 2nd World War. But now with the Colony Collapse method (bees simply vanishing from hives) more people are becoming interested in taking up bee keeping again.

There is wonderful news regarding beekeeping that without honey bees 2/3 (two-third) of our crops would not grow due to lack of pollination. Not only that, every flower contains nectar or glucose more or less. And for the lack of sufficient bees population, thousands million tons of nectar we are losing every year. Even if we increase beekeepers world-wide, we’ll lose million tons of nectar because bees can’t travel all the flowers and can’t reach in deep forest areas.

New Invention

Harvesting or extracting honey is the hardest work in beekeeping. To reduce this hard work Flow hive is invented recently to harvest honey directly from beehive without opening the hive cover. This is the innovation in beekeeping since 1852, and it’ll encourage the beginners & existing beekeepers to produce more honey.

Apiculture is not a rural thing today

Apiculture is not just a rural thing today. Big cities or urban areas like Tokyo/ Washington, D.C. / Paris, / London, / New York and Berlin encourage urban bee keeping as people are more conscious than before. These are some of the biggest urban beekeeping areas in the world and small city like Dhaka, New Delhi, Singapore also practicing the same thing.

Amazing History Of Bumble Bee & Honey Bees - Beekeeping in the USA - Beekeeping History of 13000 BC.
Apiculture is not a rural thing today

Colony Collapse or vanishing method is still now confusing because we need bees to help pollinate our crop, plants, trees, and vegetables. Moreover you can’t imagine a world without honey, as it is the vital ingredient of many drinks, medicine, delicious foods and cake, biscuits etc. which we love in our daily life. So, the bee is a significant gift of nature.

Sources of Information

01. World Beekeeping Association

02. Introduction to Managing the Honey-Bee Colony, by C. L. Farrar.

03. American Bee Journal

04. Experience of my own beekeeping project

Bumblebee Insect, Its Amazing History And Where Do Bumble bees Live

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