People were already cultivating colonies of bees in hollow tree stumps and “skeps”, or bee baskets, in the Middle Ages. But it was only in the mid – 19th century that fundamental research was done and a modular system of multielement hives with removable honeycomb frames made beekeeping a modern form of animal husbandry. Although interest in urban beekeeping has increased in recent years, the basic tools of the trade have changed little.
We have now turned their attention to the beehive frame to make things easier for newcomers to the hobby in particular. Frames in the traditional beehives dating back 150 years must still be stacked awkwardly on top of each other, but Carlo and mine design allows easy access by opening drawers. Another advantage comes from the material. The outstanding insulating properties of Neopolen® keep the colony warm, so that its appetite for sugar water is reduced. The material also provides resistance to predators like the green woodpecker, whose beak cannot penetrate the dense foam.