Today’s Monday Mandarin Meanings is pretty straightforward:
This is mìfēng, the Chinese word for bee. The second character, fēng, merely denotes a bee, wasp, or hornet, but the first character, mì, means “honey”, “sweet”, or “nectar”. The reason for this is obvious, but not all bees fall under the well-known categories of “honeybee” or “bumblebee”. There are also other types like the yellow-faced bee, in the family Colletidae, genus Hylaeus, like this specimen I caught over a year ago at the University of Michigan Biological Station:
It looks rather like a wasp, but don’t be fooled!