Apis mellifera Linnaeus 1758 (Family Apidae)



Origin: Southeast Asia
Length: 11-18mm;
Forewing Length: Male 12-13.5mm, Queen 10-11mm, Worker 9-10mm;
Proboscis Length: 6mm
Egg Larva Pupa Adult
? ? ? March - October

Attractant Chemicals
Monoterpenoids Geranic & Nerolic Acids, Citral, Geraniol, Nerol
Sesquiterpenoids Farnesol
Acids 9-hydroxydec-2-enoic, 9-keto-2-decenoic,
Alarm Chemicals
Ketones Heptanone
Other Isoamyl Acetate
Defensive Chemicals
Amines Histamine, Noradrenaline


Hedge Rows

Wet Meadows

Around Buildings
Many Asteraceae Nectar, Pollen

Galanthus nivalis Nectar, Pollen

Angelica sylvestris Nectar, Pollen

Heracleum sphondylium Nectar, Pollen

Epilobium angustifolium Nectar, Pollen

Epilobium hirsutum Nectar, Pollen

Cardamine pratensis Nectar, Pollen

Lamium album Nectar, Pollen

Lotus corniculatus Nectar, Pollen

Bistorta officinalis Nectar, Pollen

Anemone nemorosa Pollen

Oxalis acetosella Nectar, Pollen

Rubus idaeus Nectar, Pollen

Malva moschata Nectar, Pollen

Echium vulgare Nectar, Pollen

Most Salix Nectar, Pollen

Crataegus Nectar, Pollen

Corylus avellana Nectar, Pollen

Calluna vulgaris Nectar, Pollen

Cytisus scoparius Pollen
Philanthus triangulum
Hollow Trees

Atlas Hymenoptera: Apis mellifera Belgium
BWARS: Apis mellifera
Nature Spot: Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Dutch Bees and their Relations: Apis mellifera

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