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Honey Bee

Apis mellifera

Description:

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognised species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies,[1] though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognised. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.

Habitat:

On Fairy Duster in wildlife habitat yard.

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joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 5, 2013
Submitted on Apr 18, 2013

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