Where Do Bees Even Come From?

What does it matter if you get your wealth from sheep or birds? Is wealth from cattle, whence bees are born, sweeter for you than wealth from the bees which do their work in the hives at Seius’ villa?

Quid enim refert, utrum propter oves, an propter aves fructus capias? Anne dulcior est fructus apud te ex bubulo pecore, unde apes nascuntur, quam ex apibus, quae ad villam Sei in alvariis opus faciunt?

—Varro, De re rustica 3.2.11

For more on cattle and bees, see Isidore of Seville.