Apis mellifera

Though the honeybee is not indigenous, it’s a familiar sight in the reserve and an important pollinator of indigenous flowers. While other bees feed only on certain flowers, the honeybee’s unfussy approach to gathering nectar and pollen has allowed it to adapt to environments all across the world. If you find honeybees frightening, remember that they must sacrifice their lives when they sting.

Fun Fact:
This familiar bee is not native to North America, but was introduced here from Europe.

What’s for Lunch:
Nectar and pollen when flowers are in bloom; honey during lean times

Where’s Home:
A nest in a tree cavity