L=0.7" (17mm). Yellowish-orange with black bands on abdomen. The Africanized Bee, a subspecies of honey bee
from Africa, is almost identical in appearance to the European subspecies
of Honey Bee.
NATURAL HISTORY: This is our well-known, domesticated bee introduced from
Europe (and now also from Africa). It is very important for pollinating our crops (and other plants), and for producing commercial honey. They
are a social insect, forming huge colonies containing mostly the queen
and female workers. The workers can communicate the location of food sources
to each other using elaborate dances. When Honey
Bees sting, their stinger remains in the victim and the bee flies off
to its death (this is the only North American stinging insect that does
this). Meanwhile, the venom continues to be pumped into the victim. See Bee Biology for more information.