Honey bees and the arts go back a long way. Many call honey bee management an art. There is in fact a great lack of specific scientific information on the insect scientists call Apis mellifera, even though it is one of the most studied organisms. All bee culture is local, based on a specific geography, and the reason you can ask the same question to a number of beekeepers and get quite different answers. This means that the honey bee manager is really more an artist, having to “think like a honey bee colony,” painting a picture using the best knowledge available from a variety of disciplines like soil science, botany, nutrition in order to get the maximum production.