May is a month when the development of bees in the Northern Hemisphere is in full swing. The bee colonies grow rapidly, engaging in their natural way of reproduction. Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere, May falls in the autumn, when bee products are harvested and the days of honey begin.

In Slovenia, May 20th is also known as the birthday of Anton Janša (1734–1773), the pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest experts on bees. 

He is known as a pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest experts on bees of the time. He was the first modern beekeeping teacher in the world, and Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa of Austria named him a permanent teacher of beekeeping at the new Beekeeping School in Vienna. He became famous even before his death in 1773. After 1775, all the state beekeeping teachers had to teach beekeeping following Anton Janša’s teachings.

Beside him, the development of the Slovenian beekeeping was marked also by Peter Pavel Glavar, Anton Žnideršič and Janez Anton Scopoli.

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