This article originally appeared on HoneyColony.
“Aristaeus wept, when he saw all his bees killed and honeycombs abandoned incomplete.” ~ Ovid
Bees In Greece
The air smells of smoke and lemons and the cicadas chirp loudly and steadily, like high-speed drills, as I come upon 16 bee hives clustered together in a dry field. What I’ve just discovered is mere steps away from “Demokritos,” the National Centre for Scientific Research in Athens, the largest multidisciplinary research institute in Greece. Every so often, pagoda, pine, and olive trees sway gently in the breeze, but overall the climate in Attica, the historic region that encompasses the capital, is hot and arid.
The scent is actually coming from lemon balm leaves, which associate researcher and apiculturist, Dr. Sofia Gounari, has placed in her smoker to calm the bees. It’s an attractive aroma to the virgin sisters of toil because it’s similar to the secretions they give off when communicating with one another, she explains.… Read the rest