Castes of the western honey bee: worker, queen, and drone.
Castes of the western honey bee Apis mellifera: worker, queen, and drone.
Flowers make nectar to attract competent pollinators, but the strategy falls short when nectar thieves cut into the flowers and bypass the pollen. Here, a Trigona stingless bee robs nectar from a bird of paradise flower.
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
In warmer climates, honey bees (Apis mellifera) will sometimes construct their nests out in the open.
Davis, California, USA
Apis mellifera - Honey bee. Melbourne, Australia.