What is bee?

  • (noun): Any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species.
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Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine 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 insect-pollinated flowering plants.

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Beekeeping Helmet - Origins - Pioneers of Practical and Commercial Beekeeping
... His classic book The Hive and Honey-bee was published in 1853 ... the United States', author of Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained ... Amos Root, author of the A B C of Bee Culture, which has been continuously revised and remains in print ...
Bee Bole
... A bee bole is a cavity or alcove in a wall or a separate free-standing structure set against a wall (the Scots word 'bole' means a recess in a wall) ... A skep is placed inside the bee bole ... Before the development of modern bee hives (such as the design published by Lorenzo Langstroth in 1853), bee boles were a practical way of keeping bees in some parts of Britain ...
Beekeeping Helmet - Origins
... are more than 20,000 species of wild bees ... mason bees), and many others rear their young in burrows and small colonies, (e.g ... the practical management of the social species of honey bees, which live in large colonies of up to 100,000 individuals ...
Beekeeping Helmet - Modern Beekeeping - Effects of Stings and Of Protective Measures
... have high levels of antibodies (mainly IgG) reacting to the major antigen of bee venom, phospholipase A2 (PLA) ... Antibodies correlate with the frequency of bee stings ... The entry of venom into the body from bee-stings may also be hindered and reduced by protective clothing that allows the wearer to remove stings and venom sacs with a simple tug on the clothing ...
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More definitions of "bee":

  • (noun): A social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions.

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    She saw a dust bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister calxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage!
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

    Where the bee sucks, there suck I,
    In a cowslip’s bell I lie;
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    After summer merrily.
    Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
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    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom—a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps. Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung about him. He was a glance from God.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)