Class 9 Biology Improvement Food Resources Bee keeping

Bee keeping

The act of rearing, raising and caring of honey bee on a large scale to obtain honey and wax from them is called apiculture.


It is preferred among agriculturists as it requires low investment and gives rise to supplementary income.


Varieties of bees used for profitable honey production are as follows:

  • Apis dorsata (Rock bee)
  • Apis florea (Little bee)
  • Apis indica (Indian bee)
  • Apis mellifica (European bee)

The quality depends upon the following factors:

  • Pasturage or the kind of flowers availableto the bees to collect the nectar and pollen grains.
  • Kind of flowers available determines the taste.

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