Honey bee swarm

Honey bee swarm

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Honey bee swarm in a tree. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) originated in southern Asia, but they have now been introduced throughout the world. They are highly social insects. Swarms such as this one are largely made up of worker bees, which construct the hive, feed the larvae and defend the hive against any enemies. Honey bees are kept for their honey, a rich sugar solution used to feed their young.

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