If there is anything I have learned in my career among bees and beekeepers, it is that the western honey bee is a currency in wide exchange – a bridger of divides ‐ cultural, educational, linguistic, scientific, and economic. A beekeeper from Georgia can travel to Somerset, look up a local beekeeper, visit his apiary, and discover much that is familiar, so familiar in fact that the two could switch places and sustain the other’s operation, more or less successfully, more or less indefinitely. The differences are matters of detail, not principle. The annual life history of temperate‐adapted Apis mellifera is predictable, its disorders (unfortunately) cosmopolitan, and its management oriented around understood principles of swarm control and the pursuit of large colonies for the production of honey. Everyone the world over is pretty much on this same agenda, given local vagaries in flower types, weather, and honey markets.