Brother Adam and the Buckfast Honeybee

Brother Adam was a Benedictine monk from the Buckfast Abbey, in the U.K. After a great honeybee die-off in the U.K., Brother Adam set off cross breeding different varieties of bees to find a hardier bee. He is credited with breeding the Buckfast Honeybee. The Buckfast Bee is considered to be the hardiest and the most prolific bee ever created. He was so successful that thieves actually stole his queen bees. His work carried the monastery financially through the sale of his award winning Mead and Buckfast bee queens. Men of the church seem to have a prolific role in the story of the honeybee. Maybe that is why religion is man's most written about topic in history and the honeybee is second.


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