Western honey bee

Apis mellifera

preview hoet 00040 apis mellifera honigbiene auf solidago giganteaThe honey bee is now generally ranked among the world-wide most important livestock, because it is not only valuable as a pollinator of crops but transfers mainly pollen of the same type of plant. Thus more and better fruits grow. It is estimated that 80 percent of the fruit trees and a large part of other flowering plants rely on bees.

The legs of the bee have a special characteristic. There are tiny hairs, on which the pollen remains and forms so called pollen baskets, thick orange-colored structures. The photo shows a honey bee on the inflorescence of a giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) with already bulging pollen baskets.