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Western Honey Bee


The Western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a species of honey bee. The genus 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".


western honey bee


The name was coined in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus who, realizing that the bees do not bear honey, but nectar, tried to correct it to Apis mellifica ("honey-making bee") in a subsequent publication.

 However, according to the rules of synonymy in zoological nomenclature, the older name has precedence. Some people who are unaware of this still use the incorrect subsequent spelling. As of October 28, 2006, the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium fully sequenced and analyzed the genome of Apis mellifera. In 2007 media attention focused on Colony Collapse Disorder, a decline in Western honey bee colonies in a minority of regions of North America.


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