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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Castello di Vico Morcote. Alberto Bianchi is a beekeeper and an organic farmer (with the label Bio Suisse). He stands in the woods (Robinia pseudoacacia) and checks the hives. Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect honey and other products of the hive (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly). Robinia pseudoacacia, commonly known as the Black Locust, is a tree in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. A less frequently used common name is False Acacia, which is a literal translation of the specific epithet. 30.05.12 © 2012 Didier Ruef