western honey bee

(Apis mellifera)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

western honey bee


NNR - Unranked


not listed


Native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Introduced into North America in the 1600s.


Widespread and common.











Larval Food


Adult Food


Life Cycle




Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 29, 30.

There are seven species of honey bee, all are in the genus Apis. None are native to North America. Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) was introduced into North America in the early 1600s and is now found worldwide. African honey bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) is a subspecies of western honey bee.





Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)



Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)






Apoidea (apoid wasps, bees, sphecoid wasps)



Apidae (bumble bees, honey bees, and stingless bees)



Apinae (honey, bumble, long-horned, orchid, and digger bees)





Apis mellifica


European honey bee

western honey bee













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  Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee - a slowmo short
Sutton SlowMo

Published on Jul 24, 2014

As featured on Gizmodo, MNN.com, Yahoo News, and more. Slow motion honey bees, edited to dubstep with some interesting facts about bees.

  La abeja europea (Apis Mellifera) o abeja domestica
Grupo Areaturistica.com - Turismo y Ocio

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011

La abeja europea (Apis mellifera), también conocida como abeja doméstica o abeja melífera, es una especie de himenóptero apócrito de la familia Apidae. Es la especie de abeja con mayor distribución en el mundo. Originaria de Europa, África y parte de Asia, fue introducida en América y Oceanía. Fue clasificada por Carolus Linnaeus en 1758. A partir de entonces numerosos taxónomos describieron variedades geográficas o subespecies que, en la actualidad, superan las 30 razas.

Cuando un apicultor se refiere a sus colmenas en forma colectiva lo hace desde un concepto intuitivo de colectividad, al hablar de los componentes de un apiario, habla lógicamente del conocimiento de la biología de las abejas, cuya naturaleza social hace que el individuo, en sí mismo, carezca de valor en favor de la colectividad de las abejas. Por todo ello se dice que la colmena es un superorganismo. Este superorganismo se comporta con sinergia que es el efecto producido por la interacción entre los componentes de un sistema que hace que el todo sea más que la suma de las partes individuales. A esta sinergia de conjunto demostrada por Farrar matemáticamente se le denomina Regla de Farrar.


The Western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a species of honey bee. The genus Apis is Latin for "bee", and mellifera comes from Latin melli- "honey" and ferre "to bear"—hence the scientific name means "honey-bearing bee". The name was coined in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus who, realizing that the bees do not bear honey, but nectar, tried later to correct it to Apis mellifica ("honey-making bee") in a subsequent publication. However, according to the rules of synonymy in zoological nomenclature, the older name has precedence. As of October 28, 2006, the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium fully sequenced and analyzed the genome of Apis mellifera.


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  Western honey bee (Apis mellifera).

Uploaded on Apr 4, 2011

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. ...

  Honey Bee - The Golden Insect ( Apis - Mellifera ) - Mellisa

Uploaded on Nov 20, 2008

The Golden Insect is a short Documentary about this marvelous insect scientifically named ( Apis - Mellifera ) Apis is Latin for Bee - Mellifera is Greek for to bring Honey, or as is commonly known today as Honey Bee.

It was shot in 1986 with the help of students from KvB College in Sydney Australia.

  Honey Bee (Apidae: Apis mellifera) on Blossoms
Carl Barrentine

Uploaded on Jul 11, 2009

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (11 July 2009). "The Pedigree of Honey / Does not concern the Bee-- / A clover any time, to him, / Is Aristocracy." --Emily Dickinson




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Location: Lyndale Park, Minneapolis, MN

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Dan W. Andree
end of July 2018

Location: Sandpiper Prairie SNA

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Bill Reynolds

These images are of Yellow Indiangrass being worked by a Honey Bee for it's pollen. From my google research, I've not found this interaction between these two species.

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