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"bees" Top 5 Page for this destination Former Republic of Serbia and Montenegro Local Custom Tip by atrosanguinea


Enquire about a Serbian beekeeper’s health and he will reply “Thanks for asking, the bees have done well through the winter!” If the bees are healthy, life can’t be bad for humans, say the apiarists. In the past, almost every household in Serbia was extensively involved in beekeeping. Bees were raised in wickerwork hives covered with mud. The honey comb and the honey could only be removed from these primitive hives by destroying the swarm. Modern beehives, from which the honeycomb may be removed without risk to the swarm, appeared between the two world wars. Modern beekeepers usually have between thirty and sixty hives, with at least 60,000 bees in each. Many have trailers on which they stack their hives and move their swarms. Modern beekeepers lead a nomadic life from the early spring, putting their bees on at least five or six pastures each year. They begin with development pasture, willow and fruit, continue to fields of camomile or rapeseed and then switch to locust trees, linden trees and sunflowers, finishing in flower fields.

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