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|Western honey bee (Apis mellifera)|
Order Hymenoptera / Suborder Apocrita / Superfamily Apoidea -- bees / Family Apidae / Species Apis mellifera Linnaeus -- abeille domestique, honey bee
Pollination, honey, beeswax, royal jelly, and propolis are some of the products provided to mankind by the honey bee.
Honeybees probably originated in Tropical Africa and spread from South Africa to Northern Europe and East into India and China. The first bees appear in the fossil record in deposits dating about 40 million years ago during the Eocene period. At about 30 million years before present they appear to have developed social behavior and structurally are virtually identical with modern bees.
Apis mellifera, the most commonly domesticated species, is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. It is also called the Western honeybee. There are many sub-species that have adapted to the environment of their geographic and climatic area. Behavior, color and anatomy can be quite different from one sub-species to another. The sub-species Apis mellifera mellifera was brought to the Americas with the first colonists to Virginia in 1622, and numerous other occasions later. Many of the crops that depend on honeybees for pollination have also been imported since colonial times.
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A very nice macro shot, I like the composition, well done.
Ciao Dan, lovely busy bee on a wonderful yellow flower, beautiful macro with fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio