Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Bee (amoo)

Bees are winged insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their roles in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the western honey bee, for producing honey. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea. They are currently considered a clade, called Anthophila.[1] There are over 20,000 known species of bees in seven recognized biological families.[2][3][4] Some species – including honey beesbumblebees, and stingless bees – live socially in colonies while most species (>90%) – including mason beescarpenter beesleafcutter bees, and sweat bees – are solitary.


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Around the world: Indigenous women in Colombia preserve their traditional knowledge of bees, First Nations leaders slam prime minister for cutting them out of health care discussions, an ‘extraordinary’ landscape in Australia gets nominated as a World Heritage Site, and Māori research gets a multimillion-dollar boost.

A group of Yucuna women in the Colombian Amazon documenting the oral history of bees and their roles in the ecosystem in an effort to preserve traditional knowledge, reported on Feb. 8.

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Gii’-ombwebizowag aamoog.
The bees swarmed in all directions.