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Western honey bee

A species of Honey bees, Also known as Honey bee, White man's fly, Killer bee
Scientific name : Apis mellifera Genus : Honey bees

Western honey bee, A species of Honey bees
Also known as:
Honey bee, White man's fly, Killer bee
Botanical name: Apis mellifera
Genus: Honey bees
Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) Photo By dhobern , used under CC-BY-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

Western honey beeApis mellifera) is the most common species of honeybee in the world. Among the first domesticated insects, its cultural and economic impact on humanity has been vast and far-reaching, providing honey, wax and its services as a pollinator. Western honey bee faces challenges worldwide, such as colony collapse disorder, and populations are thought to be decreasing.
Colors
Black
Orange
Allergy-causing
Not reported
Defensive attack
Yes
The Western honey bee has special defensive behaviors that can trigger an allergic reaction. If there are serious reactions, seek IMMEDIATE medical attention.
Venomous
Yes
The Western honey bee can cause toxic reactions with a wide range of severity. However, the toxins are typically targeted at their prey and predators. They are usually not fatal to humans.
Non-poisonous
Not reported
Pollinator
Yes
The Western honey bee is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.
Phytophagous
Yes
The Western honey bee feeds on plants and usually does not cause a major problem. However, If you observe the number getting larger, you need to take it seriously.
Insect bites and stings
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Western honey bee showcases unique behaviors, forming complex, socially organized colonies for survival. They feed primarily on nectar and pollen, contributing significantly to plant pollination. Health risks linked to western honey bee include allergic reactions from their stings, and transmitting diseases like American Foulbrood to other bees. These critters demonstrate fascinating species-specific traits, coupling value for ecosystems and challenges for human health.

People often ask

Are Western honey bee harmful?

Western honey beeApis mellifera) is the most common species of honeybee in the world. Among the first domesticated insects, its cultural and economic impact on humanity has been vast and far-reaching, providing honey, wax and its services as a pollinator. Western honey bee faces challenges worldwide, such as colony collapse disorder, and populations are thought to be decreasing.

Harmful to human

Harmful to human

Most bees are docile and only sting when they are irritated. The sting needles of bees are sharp and toxic, and people will obviously feel pain after being stung. Some bees may also cause swelling, redness, fever and itching. Some sensitive people may experience more severe symptoms or even death.

General Info

Species Status

It can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The species is believed to have originated in Africa or Asia, and it spread naturally through Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Distribution Area

Europe, western Asia, Africa, east Asia, Australia, North and South America

Appearance

The queen bee is a fertile female, who, unlike workers (which are genetically also female), has a fully developed reproductive tract. She is larger than her workers, and has a characteristic rounder, longer abdomen.

AdultSize

1.5 - 1.7 cm

How to identify it?

Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) Photo By dhobern , used under CC-BY-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Scientific Classification

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