Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 39. Chapters: Quartz, Square dance, Grits, Largemouth bass, Azalea, Western honey bee, Right whale, Gopher tortoise, Eastern tiger swallowtail, Georgia on My Mind, Shark tooth, Flag of Georgia, Brown Thrasher, ...Read MorePlease note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 39. Chapters: Quartz, Square dance, Grits, Largemouth bass, Azalea, Western honey bee, Right whale, Gopher tortoise, Eastern tiger swallowtail, Georgia on My Mind, Shark tooth, Flag of Georgia, Brown Thrasher, Quercus virginiana, American green tree frog, Staurolite, Seal of Georgia, Cecil, Knobbed whelk, Buff, Vidalia onion, Rosa laevigata, Tifton. Excerpt: South-west of Europe Middle East Africa 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 Latin melli- "honey" and ferre "to bear"-hence the scientific name means "honey-bearing bee." The name was coined in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus who, realizing that the bees do not bear honey, but nectar, tried later 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. 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 European honey bee colonies in a minority of regions of North America. The honey bee is native to the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa. As of the early 1600s, the insect was introduced to North America, with subsequent introductions of other European subspecies two centuries later. Since then, they have spread throughout the Americas. In the temperate zone, honey bees survive winter as a colony, and the queen begins egg laying in mid to late winter, to prepare for spring. This is most likely triggered by longer day length. She is the only fertile female, and deposits all the eggs from which the other bees are produced. Except for a brief mating period when she may make several flights to mate with ...Read Less
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