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Honey bee

Apis mellifera


Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota


Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Size: 1/2 - 5/8 inch long

Description: Somewhat stout, hairy insects; golden brown with black stripes on abdomen.

Where/When: Honey bees can potentially build nests in cavities in homes, such as wall voids. They are active from spring through fall.

Significance: Honey bees valued as pollinators. However, they are a potential health problem because they sting. Fortunately, they are much less likely than wasps to nest in homes.

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