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Apis mellifera


  • Often similar to the honey bee.


  • Colony size - small nests which are individually tended by a female.
  • Preferred nest sites - often in soil, sometimes in soft cement and mortar between bricks.
  • Nest construction - various materials. Usually a new nest each year.


  • Swarming - does not swarm.
  • Overwintering - usually in the pupal stage within the nest.
  • Food preferences - honey and pollen.
  • Rarely stings.

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