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Hive - Apis mellifera

Hive - Apis mellifera
Seminole, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
November 7, 2006
Size: 8" Hole in tree
This dead tree has had Pileated Woodpeckers living in it, Black hooded Parrots also stayed for a while. Now these things are in there. I guess that's the end of bird pictures at this hole. The hole is roughly 8" in diameter and about 15-18' off the ground. Can anyone tell me what kind of bee or wasp this is? I'll try to get a closer picture of an individual soon.

Thanks in advance.

Moving to guide page.

Honey bees.
Apis mellifera, the honey bee.

Thanks for the quick reply! Are these hives usually permanent?

Be careful
African honey bees (killer bees) are now confirmed in Florida. They can be really aggressive so be careful around the nest (or any bee nest for that matter).
It may not be the africanized bees, but its better to be safe than sorry.

Fortunately it's way up in the tree so I can't get very close to it. Thanks for the heads up though.

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