Apis mellifera


Common Names: European honey bee, western honey bee
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Bees


One of two commonly kept species of bees collected by beekeepers for collecting honey. Apis mellifera is the most common of the 7 to 12 species of honey bee worldwide. Colors are black and pale tan and the body is covered with fine hairs.

Most commonly found foraging on flowers in gardens, meadows, and fields. Common near orchards and farms.

Edible Notes: The honey produced by honey bees is edible and a popular consumer product available in supermarkets.
Warnings: The worker bees are capable of delivering a painful sting, though they are generally not aggressive. Some people are severely allergic to bee stings and can be a life-threatening emergency. Honey made from poisonous plants like dogbane may be toxic to consume.
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