Mankind has been taking advantage, some would say exploiting, honey bees for thousands of years. It’s often said that humans are dependent on honey bee’s pollination for much of their food.
I would argue that bees have receive a great deal of benefit from mankind. It could be considered a symbiotic relationship, since bees have been taken to many parts of the world, including the United States, to pollinate crops and make honey.
I’m sure more Americans don’t realize that the honey bee is not a native, but was brought to the US in sailing ships in about 1690.
I have been a ‘beek’ since about 1988 in a number of different places. Now might be a good time to read The Universal Disclaimer.
The European Honeybee Apis mellifera is a species of insect, Apis is Latin for "bee", and mellifera comes from the Latin meli- "honey" and ferre "to bear" – hence the scientific name means "honey-bearing-bee".
The name Apis mellifera was coined in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus. He later realized that they do not bear honey, but nectar, so tried to correct it to Apis mellifica ("honey-making") in a subsequent publication. However, according to the rules of synonymy in zoological nomenclature, the older name has precedence.
For a long time keeping bees was a hobby for me, but like so many hobbies it grew to be something more. I think I can safely say it has become my passion. Please explore this site and learn about this amazing insect and how to start bee keeping. Who knows, being a beekeeper just might become your passion too.
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