Re: Mayan Stingless Beekeeping in Clay Pots by the Nahuas indigenous people
Not sure I can agree with the doom and gloom. I've seen Melipona beecheii in Mexico twice in recent years. In face I saw three species of Melipona in Veracruz, and three species of another stingless bee, Trigona in the same apiary. I've seen Melipona kept in log hives, box hives, and traditional clay hives as in the above photo. I've seen Trigona in trees and box hives. Just last week I saw species of Melipona and Trigona in Oaxaca Mexico. Also was given a Trigona honey pot from a box hive in Xochimilco, MX. The Melipona honey in Veracruz tasted of vinegar, but still interesting. The Trigona honey last week was slightly acid but delicious and sweet. Plenty of honeys from these bees being sold in the market place. Probably not all as advertised, but still, some pure Melipona honey is there. And, I believe there are now educational programs for women in the Yucatan to promote Melipona culture.
Also, I know a professor in Virginia who promotes Melipona culture in the Amazon. He has devised a box hive that allows honey harvest without destroying the colony as is often done in the traditional clay hives, and also reduces losses to a predatory fly.