This week Cilla Platt, secretary of the island’s Southern District Beekeepers, and education officer for the Isle of Man Federation of Beekeepers, explains the history of the island’s bee population – and invites readers to a forthcoming talk by a renowned bee expert (and bee beard hero!)
Bees have been on this planet for 130 million years in a very similar form to what they are today. We know this through fossils in sedimentary rock of that age. One individual, preserved in amber (fossilised tree resin), is about 100 million years old.
Originally bees were solitary and probably ate other smaller insects.