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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Honey Bee

Afrikaans name:

Honey Bee

Honey Bees perform a valuable role by pollinating plants

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Apis mellifera

The Honey Bee is a familiar and useful insect. Some experts suggest that numbers of these bees are dropping world-wide and that the future of the human race could be influenced by their demise. Let's hope bee populations recover if they are actually declining!

Worker Honey Bees reach a length of 13 mm. Drones and Queens are larger.

These insects nest in natural and man-made cavities.

Honey and other bees are well-known for the role they have in pollinating flowers.

Honey Bee

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References and further reading

Country Life - Issue 182 - Author: - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 72

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 137

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 401

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Year Published: 2009 - Page: 88

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 260

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