Archive for March, 2009

Bee Changes

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The following original publications are available at www.apidologie.org:

Szabo, T.I. and Lefkovitch, L.P. 1988. Fourth generation of closed population honeybee breeding. 2. Relationship between morphological and colony traits. Apidologie 19(3): 259-274. [article]

Szabo, T.I. and Lefkovitch, L.P. 1989. Effect of brood production and population size on honey production of honeybee colonies in Alberta, Canada. Apidologie 20(2): 157-163. [article]

Szabo, T.I. 1990 Morphometric characteristics of Apis cerana from Sri Lanka. Apidologie 21(6): 505-509. [abstract] [article]

Szabo, T.I. and L.P. Lefkovitch. 1992. Heritability of colour patterns in a closed population of honey bees. Apidologie 23: 151-159. [abstract] [article]

Bee Venerable

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

I discovered these sites while investigating beekeeping in ancient times and want to share them.

Honey bees in art date back to the Paleolithic era. You can see a Paleolithic cave painting on this site.

Man’s relationship with honeybees is as ancient as man himself.

This is photo from Beelore depicts beekeeping hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt:

ancient Egyptian honey bee hieroglyphics

Also from ancient Egypt:

When the Sun weeps a second time, and lets fall water from his eyes, it is changed into working bees; they work in the flowers of each kind, and honey and wax are produced instead of water.

From a first millennium BCE magical text, pSalt 825
S. Birch, Egyptian Magical Text, in S. Birch ed., Records of the Past, Vol.6, 1876

Source: http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/timelines/topics/beekeeping.htm


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