Bee Smart Crossword #5: Honey Bee Taxonomy

So, what is taxonomy?  According to the dictionary;

tax·on·o·my
takˈsänəmē/
noun

BIOLOGY
  1. the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.
    • the classification of something, especially organisms.
      “the taxonomy of these fossils”

Basically, taxonomy is the scientific way of organizing and classifying living things.  In the case of our Interests, that would be bees, especially honey bees as far as this puzzle is concerned.

If you prefer working the puzzle on paper, you can print the puzzle out as a PDF with a word list to help you learn new terminology.

Crossword-Bee Smart Puzzle #5_ Bee Taxonomy

 

Let’s get this party started!

The Bee Smart beekeeping project has had a forums page for awhile now.  It is…slow…would not be an overstatement.

However, the whole point of the Bee Smart beekeeping project is to inform, educate and provide a interesting, even entertaining place to do those things.

The forum area is open to anyone with an interest in bees, beekeeping, the things bees produce and more.

We’ve just added a new sub-forum to discuss the more scientific areas of bees and beekeeping.  Feel free to ask questions, offer topics for discussion, maybe answer some questions you think are important for people to know but often get left unanswered.

Please read the notes and pinned post there before posting, it’s important.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Monochrome Terrorists

Do your hives stay out near a wooded area where skunks hang out?   Next time you go out to check your hives and the bees are behaving just absolutely nasty, check them out.  Does the population of the colony seem weak?  Are there scratch marks near the entrance?  There’s a pretty good chance that a skunk has been terrorizing your hive by scratching at the entrance and eating your bees.  No wonder they’re so nasty.  Gee thanks you striped punk.

Skunk skulking around hives

Bee Smart Crosswords #4 – The Pests of Honey Bees

Word list:

ANTS
BEARS
BIRDS
DEER
DRAGONFLIES
MICE
PEOPLE
RACOONS
ROACHES
SHB
SKUNKS
SMALLHIVEBEETLE
SPIDERS
TRACHEALMITE
VARROA
WAXMOTH
YELLOWJACKETS

You can download the PDF and print out the puzzle and the answer sheet by clicking on the links…

Crossword 4 PDF

Crossword 4 Answer sheet

Junkyard Grubbers

Junkyard Grubbers

Those late Summer pests, Wax Moths, lay their eggs in the wax of the combs.  the larvae emerge and eat the wax from the brood sections of the hive.  This is because they (the wax moth larvae) get most of their nutrition from various impurities found in brood comb wax and in order to get to that junk, they eat the wax too.

Wax Moth larvae on brood comb.

 

 

 

This Week at Bee Smart…Pests

Trying out some topical changes here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project.  You may have noticed the new weekly puzzle on Wednesdays.  It has a theme.  That’s due to the idea that each week here will loosely focus on a particular subject.

This week’s subject is pests of beekeeping.  Notice that we’re just talking about pests, not diseases or poison.

Nasty little critters like Varroa mites and Small Hive Beetles (SHB).  Wax moths, ants, skunks, even dragonflies.

There are many pests that seem intent on taking down bees.  We’ll spend this week talking about some of them in these posts, in the puzzles and maybe a video.

Some pests are persistent threats nearly all year long.  Others are seasonal or unique to certain conditions.  I won’t try to cover everything in this post, way too much ground to cover in a year let alone one week or one post.

However, we’ll spend this week getting to know a bit more about some of the troublemakers that keep making bees lives harder than they should be.  They can make beekeepers jobs harder too.

Thanks for stopping by to see what we’re up to and please come back often.  We’ll try to make sure we have something fresh ready every day.

Honey Production Class Canceled

Unfortunately, The Honey production and Sales class for next Monday 10/23/2017, at Metro Community College has been canceled.

UPDATE AS OF 4:00 p.m. Friday, 10/19/2017

The Honey Production and Sales class is going to happen on Monday 10/23/2017 from 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm as originally planned.

You may register at the MCC website page for this class (Honey Production and Sales Class) until Monday 10/23 midday ahead of time.  Walk in at class time are unable to be accommodated at this location.

 

The next and last class in the MCC series for the Fall 2017 quarter, Organic Beekeeping, is open for registration.  You can register online or get more specific information about registration at this MCC website page.

Please register for the Organic Beekeeping class by end of day Thursday, 10/26/2017 to avoid that class being canceled.

Bee Smart Crosswords #2- Miner Bees

If you’d like to print out the crossword  please download it with THIS LINK.

Here is the word list to help you out:

ABDOMINALIS
ANCYLANDRENA
ANDRENIDAE
ANDRENINAE
ANTHEMURGUS
ASTRAGALI
BUZZINGINSECT
CALLIOPSIS
CERASIFOLI
ENCELIAE
GLORIOSA
MACROTERA
MEGANDRENA
MENTZELIAE
MESOXAEA
MINIMA
OXAEINAE
PANURGINI
PANURGINUS
PASSIFLORAE
PERDITA
PERDITINI
POLYTRICHUS
PROTANDRENA
PROTANDRENINI
PROTOXAEA
PRUNORUM
PSEUDOPANURGUS
VERBINAPIS