Afrikaans name: Heuningby
Honey Bees perform a valuable role by pollinating plants
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! There are actually 8 species of Honey Bee that are recognised around the world. In South Africa we get Apis mellifera the Western Honey Bee.
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.
References and further readingWildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 260
Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 88
Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 401
Remarkable Insects of South Africa - Author: Lambert Smith - Published: 2008 - Page: 69
Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 137
Nature in the Balance - Author: Rob Marsh - Published: 1991 - Page: 9
Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 441
Insectopedia - Author: Erik Holm - Published: 2017 - Page: 72
African Insect Life - revised edition - Author: S.H. Skaife - Published: 1979 - Page: 235
Country Life - Issue 182 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 72
Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 420