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Common honey bee

Apis mellifera


Measuring around 8-12 mm length, these bees are communal and gather pollen for honey production. They have a fuzzy dark brown thorax with an burnt orange and black striped abdomen; the black increasing toward the stinger. They're known to be quite aggressive when they attack.




This specimen is currently nesting under our house and sadly only has a couple of days left to enjoy the location (and life in general) as we're having the hive professionally 'dealt with'. (They keep stinging our dog and are generally a danger!)

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Commmon Honey bee
Apis mellifera

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Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

He probably refered to Osmia bees, they are common pollinators on blueberries and many other wild small flowers, but they look different

Mr.Swift 8 years ago

Yep, after looking around I think you're right. The pest control fella reckoned they were 'bush bees' but I can't find any mention of such.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Hi Mr.Swift, This is a Common Honey bee, not a native bee

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Nov 14, 2012
Submitted on Nov 14, 2012

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