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Keywords:Animals, Australia, D500, Insects, Nikon, Photography, Queensland, Spohr, Wildlife
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European Honey Bee - Apis mellifera

European Honey Bee - Apis mellifera

Honey Bees are one of the most recognisable insects and are the most commonly domesticated bee species in the world. They are somewhat variable in colour but are usually brown with a banded dull yellow and brown abdomen. The head, thorax and abdomen are densely covered in hair. The legs and around the eyes are also hairy. These highly social insects live in large hives dominated by a single queen. The queen is larger than workers or the male drones and is responsible for egg laying and for controlling the hive using pheromones. The majority of the hive is made up of worker bees that build and maintain the hive and collect nectar and pollen to feed the developing bee larvae.

(Text Source: Australian Museum)