ENT 203: An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping

Introduction to honey bee biology and a fundamental understanding of beekeeping management including crop pollination by bees. Examination of the relationships between honey bees and humans from prehistoric through modern times and the behavior and social system of one of the animal world’s most complex and highly organized non-human societies.

Bees are part of mankind’s cultural heritage, making their first appearance 80 million years ago. Today bee colonies are being decimated around the world endangering our ecosystem. Bees are an element in the interactive ecosystem chain; without them certain plants would not be able to reproduce and would become extinct, in turn leading to the disappearance of certain animal species. The course covers all aspects of the bee: how the bee works, beekeeping and the dangers threatening its existence. The bees’ products (honey and wax) are also explored in workshops.