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  Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)





Honey Bee | Apis mellifera photo
Honey Bee on bottlebrush flower.

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Honey Bee | Apis mellifera photo
Honey Bee on bottlebrush flower.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Honey Bee | Apis mellifera photo
Honey Bee with collected pollen in sac on hind leg.

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Honey Bee | Apis mellifera photo
Honey Bee

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



HONEY BEE FACTS

Identification
Honey Bees are introduced insects. They are dark brown with yellow bands on the abdomen. Their legs are hairy and the eyes also have hairs on them. These social insects live in large colonies.

Size
13-15mm

Habitat
Urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath.

Food
feeds on nectar and pollen

Notes
Honey Bees defend their nest aggressively. The bee dies after stinging, as the sting is left in the victim, tearing out part of the bee abdomen. The sting, with venom gland pumping, is left in. Honey Bee stings cause intense local pain and swelling, and some people have severe allergic reaction.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Apidae
Genus:Apis
Species:mellifera
Common Name:Honey Bee