History of Bees
This is the history page. Here you will learn about bees from millions
and millions of years ago to present. You will learn about the creation
of honey bees, apiarists, and many other historical facts. Enjoy!
Flowers and bees first lived in 100,000,000 BC, the age of the dinosaurs.
In 20,000,000 B.C. honeybees and mammals were new. After the Ice Age,
ancient people learned to use smoke to calm bees. Apiarists believe that
Egyptians were the first beekeepers. They kept bees in clay and mud hives.
The ancient Greeks studied new ways of raising bees. Romans used melted
beeswax and dye to paint pictures. In the Middle Ages, beekeepers started
using straw masks and hoods to be protected from stings.
Pilgrims brought the first honeybees to America. There were honeybees
in California by 1820.
Pioneers used boxes to trap bees. They followed the bee back to the
hive and took the honey.
In recent times, bees have built a honeycomb in zero gravity on a space
shuttle, and scientists have discovered genes of a bee that lived twenty-five
million years ago.