Scientific name 
Apis mellifera
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What they look like: Honeybees are made up of three parts, a head, a thorax and an abdomen and feature black and brown stripes.

Animal facts:

  • There are around 20,000 known species of bees, of which honeybees are only a fraction.
  • Honeybees communicate through chemicals and odours.
  • They have five eyes and can see ultra violet light.

What they eat: It mainly feeds nectar and pollen from flowers, but during the winter will live off honey stores.

Where they live: Honeybees originate from Asia but can live in a number of environments, with gardens, woodlands and meadows being preferable.

Habitat: They reside in areas with plenty of trees and flowering plants.

Threats: Honeybees are under threat from pests and parasites, but more recently Colony Collapse Disorder is proving to be a bigger problem. This is a phenomenon whereby worker bees from the colony suddenly disappear.