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Beekeeping Glossary

A B C D E F G H I L M N O P Q R S T U V W

Abdomen

The posterior or third region of the body of the bee that encloses the honey stomach, stomach, intestines, sting and the reproductive organs.

Acarapis Woodi

A mite, called the Tracheal mite, which infests the bees' breathing or tracheal system; sometimes called Acarine Disease, this refers to bees that are heavily infested with the Tracheal mite.

Acidity

The state of being acidic or sour; the acids in honey, called organic acids, including gluconic acid, formed by the enzyme glucose to produce the acid and hydrogen peroxide.

Africanized Bee

A term used indiscriminately to describe the African honey bee Apis mellifera scutellata (formerly A.m. adansonii) or its hybrids; an African bee released in Brazil and known for its volatile nature, its aggressive behavior may cause concern to the non-beekeeping public.

Afterswarm

Swarms which leave a colony with a virgin queen, after the first (or prime) swarm has departed in the same season; afterswarms are also referred to as secondary or tertiary swarms.

Alarm Odor

A chemical (iso-pentyl acetate) substance released near the worker bee's sting, which alerts other bees to danger; also called alarm pheromone.

Allergic Reaction

A systemic or general reaction to some compound, such as bee venom, characterized by itching all over (hives), breathing difficulty, sneezing or loss of consciousness.

Antenna (Pl –Ae)

One of two long segmented sensory filaments located on the head of the bee, which enable bees to smell and taste.

Anther

From the Greek anthros (flower), referring to the pollen-bearing portion on top of the stamen or male part of a flower.

Apiary (Pl-Ies)

The location and total number of hives (and other equipment) at one site; also called bee yard.