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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Arogno. Hives from the beekeeper Alberto Bianchi, an organic farmer (with the label Bio Suisse). 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). 30.05.12 © 2012 Didier Ruef