Hey there folks. We are still trying to maintain a certain focus on the things we post on here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project on a weekly basis.
This week, we’re going to pay a bit more attention to bees and pesticides. Both the Crossword and Wordsearch puzzles are based on this topic and Big Bear will be doing a video doing a mini “class” on the subject as well.
Hop on over to the website forums and share your ideas and experiences having to do with bees and pesticides in your little piece of the world. We’d love to see you there.
Yes, it’s still honey bee taxonomy week here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project. Just a cool FYI for those following along.
Did you know that in the taxonomy of the honey bee the name “Apis” is not the complete name? That’s right, there’s more to it.
Technically speaking, though we only ever really refer to honey bees as Apis mellifera (Genus Apis, Species mellifera), the full Genus is “Apis Linnaeus”. Carl Linnaeus is the distinguished gentleman in the picture accompanying this post.
There’s a very cool PDF on updated taxonomy of the honey bee called “The Taxonomy of Recent and Fossil Honey Bees” by Michael S. Engel, on our Download page that you can download and read, courtesy of KU ScholarWorks
Currently used scientific name was given to honey bee by Linnaeus (also known as: Carl von Linné) in 1758
(Tofilski A. (2012) Honey bee. Available from http://www.honeybee.drawwing.org.)