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HONEYBEES

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Taxonomy is complicated. The classification of animals and plants into family, genus, species and so on is subjective and often depends on who does the classifying and when.

This much of the lineage of honeybees is agreed upon. They belong to the genus Apis in the family Apidae. There are four to seven other members of the genus, all but one of Asian origin. Apis melifera, which is native to Europe and Africa, is the one that populated the Americas after being brought here by settlers in the early 17th century. (Although North America is home to around 4,000 species of bees of the Apidae family, it has no indigenous honeybees.)

A. melifera, our adopted honeybee, itself has as many as 20 subspecies, each with its own distinctive characteristics. Does that sound confusing? Take heart. It turns out that selecting a breed of honeybee is not that difficult, and it’s not nearly as important as selecting a source and a method of shipping.

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