to or having the characteristics of bees.
some swarms; Bee-related; Beelike; Of bees; For the bees; Like
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Life of Bees
keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams ~ Henry
are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Bees are a
monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently
classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are
slightly fewer than 20,000 known species of bee, in 9 recognized
families, though many are undescribed and the actual number is
probably higher. They are found on every continent except
Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains
are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former
primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for
protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for
have a long proboscis (a complex "tongue") that enables
them to obtain the nectar from flowers. They have antennae almost
universally made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in
females, as is typical for the superfamily. Bees all have two
pairs of wings, the hind pair being the smaller of the two; in a
very few species, one sex or caste has relatively short wings
that make flight difficult or impossible, but none are wingless.
smallest bee is the dwarf bee (Trigona minima), about 2.1 mm
(5/64") long. The largest bee in the world is Megachile
pluto, which can grow to a size of 39 mm (1.5"). Member of
the family Halictidae, or sweat bees, are the most common type of
bee in the Northern Hemisphere, though they are small and often
mistaken for wasps or flies.
best-known bee species is the Western honey bee, which, as its
name suggests, produces honey, as do a few other types of bee.
Human management of this species is known as beekeeping or
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