Garden Plants for Honey Bees
Attracting Native Pollinators
The Xerces Society guide to protecting North America's bees and butterflies.
Why Honey Bee is Two Words
Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; “honeybee” is equivalent to “Johnsmith.”--From Anatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass
The non-native European Honey Bee is the state insect of:
Not one native bee is a state insect. The closest relative of a North American native bee to make the list is the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, the state insect of New Mexico.
Mark your queens with the color of the year so you can tell how old they are:
Years ending in 0 or 5 are blue.
Years ending in 1 or 6 are white.
Years ending in 2 or 7 are yellow.
Years ending in 3 or 8 are red.
Years ending in 4 or 9 are green.
Or starting with 1: Will You Raise Good Bees?
Go to the bee,
consider her ways
and be wise.
--George Bernard Shaw