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Word of the Week: Melittology
September 10, 2021 by High Park Nature Centre

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each week to amp up your nature vocabulary!

This is a photo of Toronto's official bee the Bicoloured Agapostemon. Photo credit: Andrew Yee

Word of the week is MELITTOLOGY [ mel·it·tol·o·gee ](noun): the scientific study of bees.

There are well over 20,000 species of bees in the world and at least 364 species in the Toronto area alone! Melittologists often study wild bees – both social and solitary. The science of particilarly studying honey bees is called “apiology”.

Melittologists may study bee life cycles, ecological relationships, bee conservation, bee taxonomy, human impacts on bees or many other interesting areas of research. Melittologists are discovering many new species of bees every year!

To get you started on melittology, we recommend picking up Bees of Toronto one of the booklets in the City of Toronto Biodiversity Series. You can find these incredible booklets at Toronto Public Library branches.


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