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Subspecies Apis mellifera mellifera - Black Honey Bee

Classification
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)
Species mellifera (Western Honey Bee)
Subspecies mellifera (Black Honey Bee)
Other Common Names
German Honeybee
Identification
Color of abdomen very dark overall, even black
Range
Genetic contributions of this subspecies may persist, including from early introduction by English colonists, among others.
Remarks
Black honey bees observed in North America are often attributed to this species but such identifications are unreliable.
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