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Apis mellifera


  • Dark brown. Body covered with hairs.


  • Colony size — large (often greater than 30,000 individuals).
  • Preferred nest sites — hollow trees, roof and wall cavities.
  • Nest construction — Wax combs which hang vertically. Nests are in constant use throughout the life of the colony.


  • Swarming — swarms in Spring/early Summer.
  • Overwintering — whole colony.
  • Food preferences — honey and pollen.
  • Reluctant to sting unless provoked.

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