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Genus Apis - Honey Bees

Is this a worker honey bee? - Apis mellifera Honeybee snared by milkweed - Apis mellifera Honey Bee - Apis mellifera Colletes? - Apis mellifera Bee 2-5 - Apis mellifera Western Honey Bee - Apis mellifera - female Apis mellifera - male Looking for information on this Hive - Apis mellifera
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Apini (Honey Bees)
Genus Apis (Honey Bees)
Other Common Names
honeybees, stinging honey bees, true honey bees
Explanation of Names
Apis Linnaeus, 1758
apis (L). 'honeybee'
A single (introduced) species in our area, 7 spp. worldwide/total(1)
The ability to store honey reserves means workers can keep the hive warm by vibrating their wing muscles on cold days and nothing has to go dormant- so they're often out and about in early spring. Taken from a comment by Chuck Entz, 11 April, 2009.