Beekeeping on the cliffs in China


This is pretty amazing.

There aren’t many beekeepers I know (and that would include me) who would be willing to climb out onto the sheer face of a cliff to take care of their hives.

But that’s what this guy in China does.

The photos are located at the Guardian newspaper/website of Great Britain. Click on the image to see more.

This screenshot shows the top of the photo gallery in The Guardian of a beekeeper in China whose hives are on a cliff.
This screenshot shows the top of the photo gallery in The Guardian of a beekeeper in China whose hives are on a cliff.

One of the captions notes that China produces half the honey in the world. I hope they have an easier way to do it than this.

 

Key words: beekeeping in China, honey, beehives on a cliff, Guardian

2 thoughts on “Beekeeping on the cliffs in China

  1. They do have easier ways as you would expect. Dr. Meghan Milbrath spoke to our local club about her visit to China to learn about their beekeeping practices. The apis mellifera bees are kept in conventional enough Langstroth-ish hives but never allowed to grow more than two bodies deep. The bees live in the lower body and the upper is continually replaced when full by an empty one.
    They also raise apis cerana in artifical cavities in walls. These produce less honey but are a source of national pride for being native bees. The most interesting fact we learned was that the apis mellifera are too new to be naturally in tune with local the seasons so the beekeepers keep an eye on the cerana. When those bees stop producing brood with the onset of winter the beekeepers put little condoms on the meillifera queens so those bees can not lay any more eggs. In spring when the cerana start laying the beekeepers remove the condoms from the mellifera queens.
    It was a fascinating talk and we wish we could remember more of it.

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