Having had great success with recipe Saturdays, I’ve decided to add Vocabulary Sundays. Short and sweet vocabulary building for beekeepers and those interested in learning more before taking the leap.

Today’s word(s) are:  Apis mellifera – def. The western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a species of honey bee. The genus name Apis is Latin for bee, and mellifera means honey-bearing. Thus: honey-bearing bee.

There is a huge body of information on Apis mellifera. I’ve been told more has been written in the honey bee than any other animal. After becoming interested in honey bees, I spend my first year or so reading online books from the 1800s and early 1900s. Most of it was excellent even though science has added and corrected some earlier misconceptions. If you’re considering beekeeping or just want the quick notes version so you can hold your own over a dinner party here is the Wikipedia entry:  Western Honey Bee.