Il-Migbha at Xemxija

Apiculture has given Malta a number of structures reserved for bee breeding activity. The Migbha as this edifice is still known today, may be found in various localities throughout the Maltese countryside.

The Migbha was usually rented by the owner and bees were taken in clay pots to be released through the openings in the Migbha’s ‘facade’.  After feeding on wild thyme and the royal mint, the bees returned back into the clay pot, which was taken back by the owner.  Probably not in use any more, the Migbha is a characteristic feature of the Maltese countryside.

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