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.

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