What is a Honeybee? - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
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Beekeeping Course
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What is a Honeybee?

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What is a Honeybee?

Nearly 20,000 known bee species are populating the world. Over 1,500 species of native bees exist just here in Australia. more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee

Out of this vast variety, commonly referred to as Honeybees are 7 recognised species with a total of 44 subspecies.

What differentiates "Honeybees" from other bee species is that they form large colonies. This gives them the capability to combine their forces to produce and store large amounts of honey.

For easier access to their honey by humans, honeybees are kept in beehives and managed by beekeepers, i.e. Hive Bees.

Apis Mellifera is the bee species most commonly kept in hives by beekeepers around the world; also referred to as European or Western Honeybee, or commonly the Honeybee.

Apis Cerana or Eastern Honeybee is also kept in hives in Asian countries.

28 subspecies of Apis Mellifera are recognised based on geographic variations.

Apis Mellifera seems to have originated in eastern tropical Africa and spread from there to Northern Europe and eastwards into Asia.

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