November's Education Time--The Honey BeeNovember's Education Time--The Honey Bee by BuggyCharacters
For November, let's talk about Honey Bees.
(by aem-creations) (by MogieG123) (by ChristopherBurzell)
The honey bees are those bees that are often called "true bees". This just means that they belong to the "tribe" Apini within the genus Apis, all of which are true bees but only the Apinis are honey bees. There are many species of honey bee, but the most common one we think of is the domesticated species, which is the European Honey bee (Apis mellifera).
Without our friends the Apinis, we would... all be dead! Honey bees are best known for the fact that they pollinate the hell out of plants that humans and most other animals like to eat, which is to say they pollinate most plants in the northern hemisphere above the tropics. The tropics are the only places that would be okay without honey b