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A beekeeper is a person who maintains honey bee colonies, usually in hives, boxes, or other receptacles, for the purposes of collecting honey and beeswax, pollinating crops, raising bees for sale to other beekeepers, and/or to satisfy natural scientific curiosity. Beekeepers are also called honey farmers or apiarists.

It should be noted that honey bees are not domesticated and the beekeeper does not control the creatures. The beekeeper owns the hives or boxes and associated equipment. The bees are free to forage or leave (swarm) as they desire. Bees usually return to the beekeeper's hive as the hive presents a clean, dark, sheltered abode. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary.

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