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Species: Honey Bee
Scientific Name: Apis Mellifera
Description: Worker bees (9-18mm); drone bees (15-16mm); queen bees (18-20mm) Golden Brown color and black with orange or yellow bands on abdomen. Six leg, pair of antennas, covered in hair, and three body segments.
Details: honey bees are one of the most important insects in the ecosystem. They produce a HUGE fraction of our foods today. Bees live in hives with up to 80,000 workers. All led by a single queen bee. They’re very social insects, and aren’t known to sting humans unless provoked or threatened. Only female bees sting hover. Male bees (Drones) do not have a stinger.
Diet: Adults feed on nectar, honey and larvae honey. When a queen is needed, a special kind of honey is produced called ‘royal jelly’ or ‘royal honey’ and is fed to the larvae which become a future queen.
Distribution: honey bees were brought to North America from the ‘old world’ and they are now cosmopolitan. You can find them virtually anywhere where flowers can be found; gardens, bushes, trees, etc.
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