Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Apis
Species: mellifera


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Piggott, Arkansas
Calistoga, California
Canoga Park, California
Martinez, California
San Francisco, California
Arvada, Colorado
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Lutz, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Jasper, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Downers Grove, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Skokie, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Bedford, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Compton, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Swansea, Massachusetts
Central Lake, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Warren, Michigan
Moorhead, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
El Prado, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Bolivar, New York
Nunda, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Bismarck, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Warwick, Rhode Island
Crossville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee
Geronimo, Texas
Katy, Texas
Kyle, Texas
Leander, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Mission, Texas
Portland, Texas
Salineno, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Troup, Texas
Petersburg, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 31, 2020, NatureSoil from Northfield, VT wrote:

I have literal swarms of honey bees yearly.

I use ample amounts of my own vermicast on all my plants.
Beneficial biota in vermicast are shown to promote greater flavonoid production.
Plus I use my specially made high-phenolic plant food (flavonoids are a type of polyphenol).

Even insects like tastier plants/nectar.

Best performing plants:
Red Corn Poppy (Papaver Rhoea - had 4-5 bees at a time in each flower, busily gobbling up the nectar/pollen).
Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana Alata - despite fears of nicotine toxicity, numerous studies have shown natural nicotine to be beneficial to pollinators. I study closely and I\'ve never seen a problem, and the bees love the flowers).
New England Aster (swarms - so ... read more


On Jul 1, 2020, Dedda1 from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I have seen a decline in honey bees for over a decade, I may see one or two a week . I grow everything a bee could want , have not used ANY chemicals in our yard for 15 years .Even set up water features and nesting boxes in protected areas . They best I get are the big carpenter bees in April .. then nothing .I blame the reckless use of Roundup by the majority of mouth breathers...and the chemtrails aluminum, barium fallout .Dont get me started on the sudden , seemingly overnight die off of huge pine tree and CEDARS, the sporadic wilting, curving of leaves in shrubs, massive die offs in sections of shrubs.. Yet we have an over abundance of ants and spiders. something is not right ! and TPTB dont gas. they got their their seed vault in the arctic :(


On May 24, 2020, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

1st sighting of honeybees in my clover covered lawn. Havent seen them in years. And didnt have a decent crop of fruits and veggies in those years. Welcome bees hoorah!


On Aug 25, 2014, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

2014 ... I have tons of Honeybees in my yard, an amazing amount actually. I was getting swarms of them on my hummingbird feeders close to fall which was actually becoming a hazard to us in the yard..They were even pulling the plastic flowers off thats how many were trying to get at the sugar water. Had to use the hose to create a rain storm over them so they would leave and remove the feeders for a while. Poor bees couldnt figure out why it was raining only in certian areas. Later I found out there was a resident with a beehive..he said now he knows were all his bees go. I guess they survived the cold winter..


On Sep 11, 2008, UniversalGarden from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

On colony collapse disorder:

The marvelous Honeybee (Apis mellifera) since being domesticated by humans over 3000 years ago has been a guage for our own survival. Depending upon how well they survive in our care, a reflection is cast upon the quality and life giving forces that exist in the local environment. It is for us humans to closely observe and make accurate diagnosis of these conditions. If these insects are vanishing, then we, the care takers had better compose a list of questions as to why. . .

We can find the answers. . .

We can implement specific solutions that will make a difference. . .

We are their guardians!


On Apr 8, 2007, Hyblaean from Necedah, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Honeybees are currently having a die off, for reasons not known, 2007:


On Jul 24, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

These bees are important for pollination and they are essential to orchards to ensure fruit.

Theu are social insects, living in large colonies. They choose hollow trees and sometimes unused structures for their hives. They are also quite content to live in hives constructed by beekeepers.

The life of the colony depends upon the Queen...the only fertile female, who is related to the whole community. There are workers, who harvest the pollen and take care of the Queen and the larvae, and drones who's purpose is to mate with the Queen.

The hive produces honey, which they feed upon...and most animals, humans included, like it too.

Honeybees can sting when agitated and while the sting isn't dangerous to most, some people can become qui... read more