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bee : any of numerous hymenopterous insects that differ from the related wasps especially in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey — Webster   See also   OneLook


Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea and are presently considered a clade, called Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven recognized biological families. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants. — Wikipedia

Bee (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Hymenoptera: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Bug Guide, Iowa State University)

Bees (One Zoom)
Apidae (Catalogue of Life)
Bees (WolframAlpha)




Melittology is a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of bees. It may also be called apicology. Melittology covers the species found in the clade Anthophila within the superfamily Apoidea, comprising more than 20,000 species, including bumblebees and honey bees. — Wikipedia




DDC: 595.799 Bees (Library Thing)
Subject: Bees (Library Thing)

Subject: Bees (Open Library)

LCC: QL 563 Bees (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Bees (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QL 563 Bees (Library of Congress)
Subject: Bees (Library of Congress)

Subject: Bees (WorldCat)




Bees (Science Trek)

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Careers in Entomology (Royal Entomological Society)
What is an Entomologist? (Environmental
Entomologist (Future Farmers of America)


International Bee Research Association

Royal Entomological Society
Entomological Society of America
American Entomological Society


Journal of Apicultural Research (International Bee Research Association)
Bee World (International Bee Research Association)

American Bee Journal

Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Journal of Insect Science (Entomological Society of America)

Bees (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Bees (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Bees (Science Daily)
Bees (Science News)
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Bees (NPR Archives)



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    on March 31, 2023 at 4:33 pm

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  • Moths are more efficient pollinators than bees,...
    on March 31, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Moths are more efficient pollinators at night than day-flying pollinators such as bees, finds new research from the University of Sussex, published March 29 in PLOS ONE.

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    on March 29, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    If you look at where wombats deposit their poo, you realize they must be able to perform some surprising acrobatics. It has always amazed me to see wombat scats on top of grass tussocks or logs, because I've always wondered how the stocky creatures must have maneuvered themselves to put it there.

  • Changing temperatures shown to increase pesticide...
    on March 22, 2023 at 5:00 am

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  • Researchers get to the 'bottom' of how beetles...
    on March 21, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Beetles are champions at surviving in extremely dry environments. In part, this property is due to their ability to suck water from the air with their rear ends. A new collaborative study by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Edinburgh explains just how. Beyond helping to explain how beetles thrive in environments where few other animals can survive, the knowledge could eventually be used for more targeted and delicate control of global pests such as the grain […]

  • Bee Pollen Granules: Living a Healthier Lifestyle
    on November 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Numerous cultures have always praised bee pollen for helping a person lead a long and healthier life. There are certainly plenty of benefits to consuming this wonder food.

  • Being Aware of a Safe Bee Pollen Dosage
    on July 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Bee pollen has been heralded as a perfect food. However, there are certain precautions to be taken before consuming any bee pollen product in the correct dosage.

  • Bee Pollen Supplement: The Numerous Benefits
    on May 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

    There are significant reasons as to why using bee pollen could potentially help you.

  • Potentiated Bee Pollen: What Exactly is It?
    on April 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Potentiated bee pollen can make quite a difference when you consume it. Your digestive system will certainly notice the difference!

  • Pure Bee Pollen: Being Aware of Pollution
    on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    It is vitally important that we consume food such as bee pollen that is pure in nature. This means that the environment in which it grows must be unpolluted and that genetically modified crops must not affect it.


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