“The most common activity (in the apiary) is interaction: two bees frenetically touching antennae, legs, and tongues, climbing over each other and doing the same with the next bee they encounter (…) Underlying all the physical sensations are collaboration and order, communication and common purpose, each bee submerging her individual nature for the colony”
“If there is one notable message from honeybees, it lies in the power of their collective response to stress, in the way they allocate work, communicate, make decisions, and balance individual activities with their communal imperatives.
Our decision either to emulate honeybees by opting for the collective good or to pursue personal interests and individual gain may be the decisive factor in the success or failure of our response to contemporary environmental challenges.
We have much to learn from bees”
Taken from “Bee Time”
These phrases taken from the book “Bee Time” by Mark L. Winston, perfectly summarize the meaning of our project.
The way of life of these extraordinary insects is what we would like to emulate in Habitapis: living in community and in harmony, helping each other with our own abilities, for a common good.
Beyond collective work, leave a method of inheritance to other generations, respectful of others and the environment.
We decided to call our association HabitApis, in honor of bees.
From here the idea immediately came to take some hives to familiarize with their world; we called the three hives with our names: Yoko, Letizia and Marna.
This video represents the summary of our efforts in this first year, 2018, from the preparation of the land to accommodate them, the acquisition of families, the care, the honey extraction and the potting of honey.