Biological systems of classification are hierarchical, that is, the largest taxa are subdivided into successively smaller taxa. Thus, each taxon has a particular level (rank) within the system. Groups of the same rank are said to belong to the same taxonomic category, to which a particular name is given. Some of these categories are obligatory (capitalized in the example below), while others are optional. To show the hierarchical arrangement and to introduce the names of the various categories, let us take as an example the classification of the honey bee, Apis mellifera:

Beekeeping for Beginners

Beekeeping for Beginners

The information in this book is useful to anyone wanting to start beekeeping as a hobby or a business. It was written for beginners. Those who have never looked into beekeeping, may not understand the meaning of the terminology used by people in the industry. We have tried to overcome the problem by giving explanations. We want you to be able to use this book as a guide in to beekeeping.

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