Honey Bee

Animal Guide : Insects and Spiders

Honey Bee
Fun Fact:
This familiar bee is not native to North America, but was introduced here from Europe.

What's for Lunch:
Nectar and pollen when flowers are in bloom; honey during lean times

Where's Home:
A nest in a tree cavity

Scientific Name:
Apis mellifera

Animal Guide : Insects and Spiders

Overview:
Though the honeybee is non-native, it's a familiar sight in the reserve and an important pollinator of native flowers. While other bees feed only on certain flowers, the honeybee's unfussy approach to gathering nectar and pollen has allowed it to adapt to environments all across the world. If you find honeybees frightening, remember that they must sacrifice their lives when they sting.