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Genus Apis - Honey Bees

Bee of some type  (DIN274) - Apis mellifera Honey Bee - Apis mellifera Apis mellifera - female Bee in autumn - Apis mellifera - female Andrena ? - Apis mellifera - female Bee - Apis mellifera Honey bee drone? - Apis mellifera - male Honeybee? - Apis mellifera - female
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.