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Beekeping and making honey

Thousands of bees are shown swarming on frames. A beekeeper sprays the bees with a gas so he can remove one of the frames and brush them off calmly.

 

The clip shows some of the equipment used in the harvesting of honey. The bee ‘smoker’ is a device that, when containing a smouldering piece of wood, is used to make the otherwise alert bees docile while the frames are collected. An uncapping knife is used to remove wax cappings from the frames, where the bees store the honey, and finally an extractor, developed in 1866, is used to separate the honey from the wax comb.