Following on from our introduction to beekeeping, there is another point we’d like to raise. It has to do with our style of presentation. Ideally, in any instruction manual, as much detailed information should be included. It goes without saying that the same criteria applies to instruction manuals aimed at those who have great ambitions on becoming a successful beekeeper. Influencing our style of presentation is the confidence we have on the amount of authoritative information that is already available on the internet.
Our presentation also has a lot to do with sentiment. In the previous introductory post we spent a bit of time motivating the importance successful beekeeping has within the realm of sustainable developments and the promotion of organic outcomes to life in general. In life, must be included all flora and fauna. Life as we know it today, already challenging in many parts of the world, cannot thrive without securing the life of all, not just some, of our flora and fauna. As things stand now, many species are either threatened or endangered.
And at some stage or another over the last hundred years or so, and especially in recent years, species have been wiped out. They are now extinct. They will never be seen in the flesh ever again. That, dear readers, is pitiable. There are bee species that are already being threatened. That is alarming news indeed. God forbid anything should happen to our bees. Yes, that is correct; we should be taking ownership of our animal and insect species. Those that are religious or spiritual will concur that in the beginning, when earth was created; God gave us authority over all of the flora and fauna in existence.
It is our moral duty to protect bee colonies. If a colony is wiped out, it affects the entire eco-system to which it is attached. So, when a bee colony dies out, surrounding flora is affected. Small and large creatures that rely on bees and their honey for sustenance are also affected. Our style of presentation entails reminding readers of the sense of urgency that needs to be created in keeping bees alive and thriving. To make it as interesting and fascinating as possible for the novice or initiate, we also believe in including as much anecdotal information as possible.
It is not possible to include everything in such short spaces of time and white space. But there will always be at least one or two things to fascinate readers with. Our focus is also on the origins and history of beekeeping. Alongside of that, where it becomes thematically feasible to do so, we try and include interesting facts on bees and beekeeping. Here, it is well worth knowing some of the terms in use. So, for instance, we can thus say that apiculture is beekeeping. It is the Latin variation of the word ‘bee’ and it refers to the maintenance of bee colonies, specifically those that produce honey.
And by the time you are managing your own hives, you will be henceforth known as an apiarist, the Latin influenced name for beekeeper. You will essentially be keeping and looking after bees in order to collect its honey and other natural products derived there from. In order to stimulate your interest further, let us have a bit of fun in the next article. In that article we will be inspiring you with our own tips and tricks, based on our own strategies laid out earlier, on how to keep a beehive or two thriving successfully. It is hoped that you will enjoy it.