Honey Bee Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758Non-native  Synonyms: Western Honey Bee.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Hymenoptera   >   Family Apidae   >   Genus Apis   

Status:

Intentionally introduced to North America. Critically important pollinator of crops.

Description:

Nests are categorized as existing cavities, and social behavior is categorized as advanced eusocial (Selfridge et al., 2017).

There are 154 records in the project database.

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A Honey Bee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

European Honey Bees on False Indigo Bush at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/15/2012). A European species brought to North America by European settlers in the 1600s. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/28/2013). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee nectering on bidens in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/26/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (4/2/2007). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

Honey Bee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/30/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/1/2010). Photo by Tom Ostrowski. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee photographed at Jemicy School in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/16/2013). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Kent Co., Maryland (4/17/2017). Photo by Nancy Wyman. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/3/2016). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A female Honey Bee collected at Beltsville, Prince George's Co., Maryland (2013). Sam Droege pointed out, "note the hairs coming off the compound eyes...a distinctive honey bee trait compared to native bees." Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/26/2017). Collected by Francisco Posada. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

Honey Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/26/2017). Collected by Francisco Posada. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/26/2017). Collected by Francisco Posada. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A queen Honey Bee collected in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/30/2013). Notes from Sam Droege: "Collected by Tim McMahon from a colony in Talbot County, while slightly gummy as Honeybees are want to be, this series shows the longer abdomen, the odd curly dark hairs on top of the head and the broad hind tibia, but lacking the hairs and pollen basket that the workers have." Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A queen Honey Bee collected in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/30/2013). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A queen Honey Bee in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/30/2013). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee drone collected in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/19/2014). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee drone collected in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/19/2014). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee drone collected in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/19/2014). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A drone Honey Bee in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/30/2013). Collected by Tim McMahon. Photo by Sam Droege. (MBP list)

A drone Honey Bee in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/30/2013). Collected by Tim McMahon. Photo by Sam Droege. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee hive with ova and larvae in Howard Co., Maryland (5/14/2014). Photo by David Illig. (MBP list)

Honey Bees (drones and workers) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/16/2014). Photographer comments: "Here two drones (i.e., males), top left and bottom left, are easily distinguished from the workers (females). The drones are larger, their eyes are larger, the bands on their abdomens are not as dark as the female's bands, and their posterior is rounded rather than pointed." Photo by David Illig. (MBP list)

A queen Honey Bee (marked in green) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/16/2014). Photo by David Illig. (MBP list)

A Honey Bee falls prey to the robber fly Laphria flavicolis in Washington Co., Maryland (6/3/2017). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)


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