Ph.D. student Brenda Kellar has been working on the history of honey bee migration along with human beings in the United States. Her article “Honeybees Across America,” began as a research presentation to the Oregon Beekeepers’ Association, and now has been picked up by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. She shows how at critical moments of migration in North America, bees and humans enabled each other. That’s part of a much longer history: “Human cultures for thousands of years have used the honey bee and her products as symbols for industry, social structure, cleanliness, holiness, chastity, and much more,” Kellar writes. “These symbols can be found in all forms of material culture produced by human populations.” Click here to read more!
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I agree totally as to your comments on the honey bee. Over here in the UK we are currently having a massive problem with the decline in the honey bee numbers. Watch this space on developments and the efforts to reverse the decline.