Greetings . . .
"Hive body" and "Brood chamber" are easy to understand. "Super" means over, above, on top but, does it have some other origin?
Just pondering in my porch swing!
A NewBEE with 1 hive.
First package installed
Probably "super" as in placed atop or superimposed on the hive body. Also, super meaning the honey that the bees produce over and above what they need for the winter- thus superfluous.
It just comes from the Latin for above as you said. Considering half the time we use Greek to make new English words, you're lucky it isn' a "Hyper".
[This message has been edited by Michael Bush (edited November 03, 2003).]
My inclination is to go with "Superstructure": the structure built on top of another....
Um, I think if you Really want to know where the term "super" came from, one has to dig deep into the trials and struggles of early modern apiculture. According to history, a number of successes were made in quite rapid succession. These included removable frames, wax foundation, wiring, extractors, uncappers, smokers, etc. It seems that there was just one major problem still left to be solved. "The proper design for the hive itself." One day, a prominent bee researcher was called to his work shop by a employee who pointed out that the frames, bottom boards, and inner and telescoping covers all seemed to fit perfectly to a simple wooden box. When the researcher saw this, he remarked "SUPER!"
And there you have it. Life is so simple at times.
[This message has been edited by BULLSEYE BILL (edited November 16, 2003).]
That's akin to the lost beekeeper trying to find his beeyard. Seemingly wondering for hours trying to find the allusive yard he stumbles across a native of the area and asks in a stative nature, "Werethefuquari?"