Blue Banded Bee
Adelaide Hills
European Honey Bee
New Colony
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasp (Hymenoptera)
Family: Long-tongued Bee (Bee: Apidae)
Species: European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
This Photo:     Female worker
Other name: Commercial Honey Bee

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
Most people think of these insects in a positive light, but they have decimated our native bee population and should be eradicated where possible.
Please don't allow bee keepers to "use" your bush block for bees.
Would you allow someone to plough your block to grow crops? European Bees are just as devastating, but the damage is hidden, and they spread over many kilometres to neighbouring properties & reserves. Our native bees are also less aggressive and usually solitary.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Aug-2013
This species is classed as I (Introduced - Foriegn)