bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, April 14, 2005


Here's a good piece of trivia to spark a debate:

Question: What is the most numerous domesticated animal in the United States?
Answer: The honeybee.
Hands up those who think honeybees are domesticated?

UPDATE 15/04/05 Some definitions of domesticated from the web and my verdicts on bee domestication:

  • animals tamed and taught to live with humans -- NOPE!
  • animals whose breeding and living conditions are under human control for the purposes of using them for food -- close
  • domesticated animals whose collective behavior, life cycle, or physiology has been altered as a result of their breeding and living conditions being under human control for multiple generation -- somewhat
  • an animal that has been tamed or reclaimed from a wild state -- NOPE!


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