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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Castello di Vico Morcote. Bees from Alberto Bianchi, a beekeeper and an organic farmer (with the label Bio Suisse). A queen bee and a large number of female workers bees on a honeycomb. The queen bee is normally the only breeding female in the colony; she is bigger, more brown and stands in the center of the group. The honey is made out of the woods (Robinia pseudoacacia). 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