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Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans.A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, flower pollen, bee pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to ...


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A minor god in Greek mythology, attested mainly by Athenian writers, Aristaeus (/ ær ɪ ˈ s t iː ə s /; Greek: Ἀρισταῖος Aristaios), was the culture hero credited with the discovery of many useful arts, including bee-keeping; he was the son of the huntress Cyrene and Apollo.