Honey Bee
Apis mellifera

Honey Bee, Apis melliferaThe honey bee was brought to California about 1850.  Most people are familiar with the importance of this bee to our agricultural economy, and also of the dangers of the Africanized variety (killer bees).

Honey Bee, Apis melliferaDuring the 1990's there was great concern about the drop in the honey bee population due to a plague of mites.  This honey bee is busy pollinating my California poppies.

Honey Bee, Apis melliferaThe honey bee usually builds its hive inside a hollow tree, attic, or some such.  This hive is just naked honey comb hanging from a tree branch at the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach, California.

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