European Honey Bee

Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758

Body with wide black and orange stripes. Hair on the eyes. Honey Bees live in communities: sterile female workers tend to the queen, larvae and pupae, and build, maintain and defend the hive. They collect nectar with long tongues. Unlike most Australian bees, they carry their pollen in specialised hairless pollen baskets (corbicula) on their hind legs rather than in haired areas. They are the only stinging insect that leaves its sting in the wound

Warning:Painful sting, sometimes causing allergic reaction.

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What habitats does Apis mellifera live in?

Flying or on vegetation

What is the distribution of Apis mellifera?

Worldwide. Mainland Australia and Tasmania

How big does Apis mellifera grow?

Body up to 2 cm long

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