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Natural Apiary performance beekeeping products provided a high level of confidence for the novice and the experienced beekeeper. By testing the products in our own apiary, so it is possible to see our customer’s position to ensure usability at every point of design. Created and designed by beekeepers for you.
Before flowering plants evolved, there were no bees. Then, about 100 million years ago, plants began to develop colorful appearances and sweetly scented reproductive organs. While at the same time some wasps abandoned their carnivorous hunting lifestyle and took a gentler way of life. Bees evolved from these wasps ancestors, feeding from the pollen provide by the plants for protein in exchange for their services as pollinators.
There are about twenty thousand bee species in the world and they can be split into about four broad groups: solitary, bumble, stingless and honey bees. The honey bee (Apis mellifera) is the most studied and the most familiar.
A bee has five eyes...
...two are complex eyes that see movements, while the other three detect light intensity. Bees can see ultraviolet light, but they cannot see the red end of the spectrum, so they perceive the world as more blue and purple than we do.
Ancient Egyptians were the first know beekeepers, with evidence of drawing dating to at least 2400BC and thought to go back as far as 5000BC. The practice of beekeeping with honey bees was introduced to USA by Europeans in the seventeenth century as a means of sustainable food production.
James Bailey and Karla Leal grew up with a shared passion for bees. James’ love for bees began when he was a young boy living in the English countryside. It all started generations ago when he used to watch his grandfather look after honeybees and later helping his mother who kept bees in their garden.
Learning how to tend for bees and understanding the impact they have in our environment, sparked the motivation to create Natural Apiary. Miles away from England in rural Brazil, Karla’s passion for bees had a similar journey, starting when her mother kept honeybees in their family farm, and used the raw honey in culinary creations.
Many years later, James and Karla became partners and their common driver to improve the well-being of our planet by promoting bees was a catalyst to create Natural Apiary. Working together and sharing ideas helped them to build a business that reflect their passions and values: affinity with nature, appreciation for simple design, and a belief that the world is a better place when we protect our environment.
Natural Apiary was born out of respect for the bees and the environment. It began with an inventive approach to integrate design and technology to the welfare of bees. It does this by using the latest textiles that are kinder to humans and bees, and by offering a design that provides comfort and protection.
The connection between humans and bees is deep rooted in our history, spanning thousands of years. Honey bees are very much life humans, going out during the day, coming home at night, storing food and interacting with family. Watching bees coming and going form the hive can be very relaxing and fascinating, but some people want to go further by opening the hive to discover the world within.
The best way to do this is connect with a local beekeeper or beekeeping school to learn about bees, honey, equipment and gain hands on experience. Our aim, like most beekeepers, help newbie and experienced beekeepers enjoy this wonderful hidden world.
The Beekeepers Checklist
by keeping bees and working together we can make a difference to the future of our world