Tag Archive: South African Insects

Honey Bee

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.

Honey Bee

Stink Bug

This little critter was walking around the side of our pool. The kids wanted to pick it up, but I had to persuade them not to as this thing really stinks bad!
The bugs are from the Hemiptera order and commonly referred to as shield bugs, chust bugs, and stink bugs. They have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid.

Stink Bug