Beekeeping Throughout History

6000 BCE

Rock Paintings show people climbing cliffs to retrieve honey. 

1538

Spanish import first European honey bees to South America

Charles Butler explains that drones are male.

1605

Langstroth hive is created.

Pottery hives are found in Greece.

500-600 BCE

"King Bees" are discovered to be female. 

1586

Italian bees are brought to Virginia.

1622

Wax comb foundation is invented.

1857

1852

1886

First queen bees are shipped in the mail.

Centrifugal extractor is invented.

1865

Moses Quinby invents the modern smoker.

1875

1950

Africanized bees are brought to Brazil.

Africanized bees reach North America

1985

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