Honey Bee Apis mellifera
Honey Bee Apis mellifera
Honey Bee Apis mellifera
Honey Bee Apis mellifera
Honey Bee Apis mellifera
Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Honey Bee Apis mellifera

All Honey Bees in North America belong to the species Apis mellifera. Apiarists cultivate a number of subspecies, but many wild Honey Bees are hybrids between subspecies.

The yellow flowers in images 1, 2, 4 and 5 are Entire-leaved Gumweed, blooming on Cline Spit on the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula, photographed 10 11 2006.

The blue aster is Common California Aster, Aster chilensis, blooming on Shi Shi beach on Washington’s ocean coast 09 23 2006.

Image 6 shows the bee’s forewings and hindwings, a feature not always visible in resting hymenopterans. (zoomed and labeled) Image 3 shows the pollen basket, a feature of Honey Bees. Compare to the scopa of megachilid bees.