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An Introduction to Honey Bees is a Course

An Introduction to Honey Bees

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This BeeLearning Short Course will introduce you to the world's most important pollinator, the honey bee. Although there are tens of thousands of bee species worldwide, this one species (Apis mellifera) likely has the greatest impact on our lives. Honey bees are social insects, living in large communal hives that they build with wax and fill with pollen, honey, and developing bees. It is, in part, their ability to store large quantities of food that makes them so valuable to humans as both pollinators and honey producers.

This short course includes the following lessons:

  1. The Importance of Bees
  2. Bees as Super Pollinators
  3. Adult Members of a Honey Bee Colony
  4. Immature Members of a Honey Bee Colony
  5. The Components of a Honey Bee Nest
  6. The Life Cycle of a Honey Bee Colony

Note, lessons in this course overlap with lessons in the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program online courses.