A Tutorial On The Curious And Forgotten Craft Of Bee Hunting

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 3 months ago in Science


If you wanted some honey in America 300 years ago, this was how you went about it.
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Male 570
That's 24 minutes I don't want back.  I enjoyed that.  That guy seemed like a really kind person, like Bob Ross.
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Male 7,254
abetterworld I'm so glad you liked it, ABW. I enjoyed it too.

Incidentally, in grad school I once wrote a paper on an American almanac for the year 1778, if memory serves. (I owned and still own the almanac; I collect them.) There was a long propagandistic poem that went through the almanac, with about 8 lines displayed per month. The poem was all about how the Americans had to fight off the British and secure their independence, of course. The Revolutionary War was in high gear at that point.

Anyway, the author of the poem used the word colony to describe not only the American colonies, but also to describe a colony of bees. The metaphor worked really great because in that time period, when you harvested the honey, all of the bees had to be killed and that was typically done by burning chunks of sulphur and directing the fumes into the skep (the round basket-woven hives that were used back then). So the way the poem worked was that the British were the overseers of the colonies, the time was late summer, and the hour was nigh when the overseers would be coming to steal the honey. Time for the colonies to unite and sting!

Pretty cool, huh? It was a masterwork of propaganda.
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Male 570
squrlz4ever Yes, very cool.  Glad you're back once again (on the new and improved IAB)
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Male 7,254
abetterworld Thank you. It's nice to be back.
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Male 7,175
"IT'S A BEE HUNT!" - Trump
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Male 7,175
Ok, after you have hunted them
How do you stuff and  mount your trophy?
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Female 890
thezigrat Very carefully. That's how.
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Male 17,074
thezigrat It's not hunting unless it's done by a dentist.
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Male 7,254
thezigrat Like this, I suppose:

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cool
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Female 5,617
Neat!  There are a lot of beekeepers here in Central VA and I buy local honey every year to give my granddaughter a tablespoon of honey each morning and it knocks 90% of her allergy issues away.
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Male 7,254
melcervini That's a good thing you are doing, not only for your granddaughter, but also for the beekeepers and the bees, both of which are having a hard time of it. As you no doubt know, the local honey has all sorts of pollen spores and other good stuff in it. Most of the honey in supermarkets has none of that whatsoever. Some of it--the stuff from China and Brazil and God-knows-where--is adulterated with honey-colored corn syrup and artificial flavorings.
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Female 5,617
squrlz4ever exactly!  I'd keep them myself because its just that damn neat,but im allergic lol
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