Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Bee of some type  (DIN274) - Apis mellifera

Bee of some type (DIN274) - Apis mellifera
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
October 1, 2009
Size: 1/2 inch
Not sure there's enough to get an ID for this one since dew blocks view. Appreciate any thoughts.

Moved from Frass.

Brian, you bring up a good point -- the Honey Bee section is in great need of some selective editing. I'll try to find some time soon to do an overview of which images offer something unique and which ones are unnecessary or of poor quality. I'm OK with putting this one back in the guide for now, though it may only be temporary...


No rush, I was just impressed by this photo and thought it might be an interesting addition to the section.

Buggin' out with his keyboard out,

Moved from ID Request.

Agree with Andrew's assessment that this is a honey bee (Apis mellifera). An attractive and interesting photo, but probably not particularly useful from an identification standpoint. Removing this one from the guide and sending to Frass. Fred, if you have any questions regarding this move, please let me know!

Requesting non-frassing
Hi Harsi and Fred,

Considering there are already multiple hundreds of photos of the Apis mellifera (many of which are near-duplicates and much lower quality than this photo -- which is also an interesting shot), can we de-frass this photo?

Just realizing that "A Bug's Life" is a pun on "A Thug's Life",

That's fine. Appreciate the ID.

looks like a soggy Honeybee
to me.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.