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Photo, Honeybee landing on Milkthistle, was taken by Fir0002. All images are from the Wikipedia Commons under the GNU Free Documentation License. See these and other photos plus details on the Western honey bee or European honey bee [Apis mellifera] at:
I will soon post about the Colony Collapse Disorder [CCD] affecting the honey bee currently. The microsporidium parasite called Nosema ceranae is one of many potential causes of the die off and collapse of the bee hives in North America, Europe and elsewhere. Meantime, this small sampling of photos will give those that have never seen this bee up close, or that may be affected by an allergic reaction should they be stung by them, a chance to see the honey bee at a safe distance. More information and news coming soon.