Honey bees come from the family Apidae and its scientific name is Apis Mellifera. Honey bees range in sizes from around 13mm to 15mm in length. They are truely social insects and have a division of labour amoungst themselves. Their nests (hives) are predominantly made from wax and resins and are built in existing cavities. Worker bees are black with redish brown bands and have black legs and clear wings. The queen bee looks like the worker bees but is larger and drones are much darker and their abdomans lack the banding and are sqaured off. This bee picture was shot in my back yard.