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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

Mandibles

The jaws of an insect; used by bees to form the honey comb and scrape pollen, in fighting and picking up hive debris.

Maternal

From the mother's side of the family.

Midnight Hybrid

A combination of the Caucasian and Carniolan races.

Migratory Cover

An outer cover used without an inner cover that does not telescope over the sides of the hive; used by commercial beekeepers who frequently move hives.

Moisture Content

In honey, the percentage of water should be no more than 18.6; any percentage higher than that will allow honey to ferment.

Movable Frames

A frame constructed in such a way to preserve the bee space, so they can be easily removed; when in place, it remains unattached to its surroundings.

Moving Board

A framed screen that fits over the top as a hive cover; used to move bees in hot weather to provide sufficient ventilation to keep bees from suffocating.