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First Honeybee Of The Season - Apis mellifera

First Honeybee Of The Season - Apis mellifera
Norris City, White County, Illinois, USA
March 7, 2007
Size: Body was about 3/4" long
This little fellow was flying around in my back yard this afternoon, but he was the first one I've seen this year. I only saw the one, so maybe he was the advance guard.

As far as I know, Apis mellif
As far as I know, Apis mellifera is the only North American species... although I believe it's technically an exotic from Europe

First honey bee posted for Illinois
Could this be the start of an invasion? LOL. Evidently, they have yet to get to Iowa.

It's the common ones that don't get posted. Good going, Kenneth.

Worried Bee Life Blues
I hope it's the start of something good, Ron. You have to know I'm worried about this Colony Collapse Disorder that is affecting bees in 24 states. I hope everyone has heard about it and realizes just how serious this could bee. (A little wordplay there.)

Yes, I've heard about it.
I've also heard from several knowledgeable people who decry how the European bee has displaced native species. Problem there is that some of the natives are very specialized, so their absence ultimately affects native plants. Maybe we need quotas for both. Without the Eurpean bees, we'd have no broccoli!

Is Broccoli Really Needed?
I'll be the first to admit that I harbor no prejudice toward bees of other nationalities, be they European, African, Swiss or whatever. But, would the loss of broccoli be really that big of a deal? (I'm not really a fan of the stuff.)

Oddly enough, I had some for lunch, and it was good.
I've only found two places where I like broccoli; both are Asian restaurants. Seems to me that we had a recent president who hated the stuff.

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