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Bee ID request - Apis mellifera

Bee ID request - Apis mellifera
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 3, 2004
This bee was going from flower to flower and just seemed to roll aroung inside getting covered with the pollen. I would appreciate knowing what it is.

Honey Bee, Apis mellifera
This is a worker (female) honey bee, Apis mellifera. This species is not native to the New World, by the way. Colonies were brought to North America by European settlers in Jamestown in 1621-1622. We have grown entirely too dependent on honey bees for pollination services at the expense of "cultivating" native, solitary bee species.

 
Bee ID
Thanks again Eric. A great help. I'm new to insects.

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