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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 — Merriam-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)



Talks about Bees (TED: Ideas Worth Spreading)
Articles about Bees (Big Think)




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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OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



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 (JSTOR)
Bees (Science Daily)
Bees (Science News)
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Bees (NPR Archives)



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