Honeybee Taxonomy

Honeybee Taxonomy

  • Kingdom - Animalia (Metazoa) Honeybees are animals!
  • Phylum – Arthropoda  These animals have exoskeletons and jointed legs. (Arthropod means “jointed leg.”)
  • Class – Insecta  Honeybees are insects. They have jointed legs, compound eyes, antennae, exoskeletons, and three-part bodies.
  • Order – Hymenoptera, translating to mean “membraned wings.” This order includes bees, ants, wasps, and sawflies.
  • Family – Apidae, Latin meaning “bee.”
  • Genus – Apis, also referring to “bee.”
  • Species – Mellifera, relating to honey production.
Close Up of Bees with Pollen

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