The honeybee has been associated with humans for a long time. The association probably started with pre-humans robbing nests for the larvae
and getting the additional sweets with their protein. During man's pictoral and written history, the relationship has developed to the point of humans
keeping bees in natural and manufactured structures. Hollow logs became long hives in some cultures. In others, unintentional swarms taking up
home in holes in structures and clay pots, evolved into people making a variety of clay structures specifically for housing honeybees and for moving the
established hives to other locations around the Mediterranean. Today, a standard box and wood frames are manufactured specifically for housing
honeybees. Man has gone as far as making entire hives; including boxes, frames and comb foundation, from plastic. Some swarms will actually build
a nest in these structures. See my link to more detailed sites on honeybees.