Honey Bee- Pest Fact

Common name

Honey Bee

Scientific name

Apis mellifera Linnaeus




Size (Adults)

11 – 15mm, whole length (worker)

15 – 20mm, whole length (queen)

15 – 17mm, whole length (drone)

Body shape

Long, pointed abdomens

General body colour

Orange-brown to black


Workers have barbed sting present, queens have a smooth stinger, drones have no stingers


Wings well developed, but does not extend beyond the abdomen


May be confused with Africanized honey bees (required a specialist to distinguish both species)


  • Social insects that live in colonies (hives)
  • Does not attack unless provoked
  • Worker bees pollinate flowers, Queen bee lays eggs and Drones (male) bees serve as a tool for reproduction
  • Attracted to large clusters of flowers, especially those that reproduce through animal pollination (i.e. orchids, snapdragons etc)


1. Inspection

  • Due to urbanization, bees have had to build their hives closer to residential areas
  • Hives have been known to form on tree branches, ceilings etc
  • Distinct features including loud buzzing noises and clustering of bees

2. Action
  • Do NOT approach the hive or provoke the bees!
  • Call ORIGIN and a technician will assist you
  • Note that hive removals are usually conducted at either dawn or dusk as bees will be less active then

3. Cleaning and maintenance 
  • Bees are attracted to sweet-smelling items, so clear any food or drink spillages immediately
  • Ensure all rubbish bags are tied up securely

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