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Apis Collection

Apis mellifera, commonly known as the honey bee, is a fascinating creature that plays a vital role in our ecosystem

Background imageApis Collection: Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, bees on wild honey cone, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton

Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, bees on wild honey cone, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, Texas, USA

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee, SEM

Honey bee, SEM
Honey bee (Apis mellifera), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The head and one of the two compound eyes is at lower left

Background imageApis Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageApis Collection: An engraving depicting a humble bee's nest, 19th century

An engraving depicting a humble bee's nest, 19th century
5311560 An engraving depicting a humble bee's nest, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1843); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageApis Collection: Bust of Egyptian goddess Isis and bull deity Apis in black marble with white marks

Bust of Egyptian goddess Isis and bull deity Apis in black marble with white marks
FLO4997214 Bust of Egyptian goddess Isis and bull deity Apis in black marble with white marks. Found in the Canopus of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli

Background imageApis Collection: An engraving depicting the hiving of a swarm of bees, 19th century

An engraving depicting the hiving of a swarm of bees, 19th century
5311559 An engraving depicting the hiving of a swarm of bees, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1895); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageApis Collection: Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung

Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon National Park, Tibet, China. October

Background imageApis Collection: Composite image of Wallaceas giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera)

Composite image of Wallaceas giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera)
Composite image of Wallaces giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the worlds largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee

Background imageApis Collection: Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Background imageApis Collection: Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Monmouthshire

Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April

Background imageApis Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, feeding on flowers (Brachyglottis sp)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, feeding on flowers (Brachyglottis sp). Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, June

Background imageApis Collection: Inser Weiher in autumn, a pond with red coloured water, caused by dissolved tannins

Inser Weiher in autumn, a pond with red coloured water, caused by dissolved tannins. Berner Seeland, Berne, Switzerland, November. Photographed for The Freshwater Project

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda). In garden. Surrey, England, UK. April

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens). Green aphid (Aphidoidea) beneath flower. Surrey, England, UK. July

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers. Flowers turn pink when nectar no longer provided. In garden, Tanzania. Native to tropical Americas

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK. May

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Fleabane (Erigion eriginousus) Newport Marshes Reserve

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Fleabane (Erigion eriginousus) Newport Marshes Reserve, Gwent, Wales, UK. August

Background imageApis Collection: Giant honey bee nest (Apis dorsata) up in a giant Mengaris tree (Koompassia excelsa)

Giant honey bee nest (Apis dorsata) up in a giant Mengaris tree (Koompassia excelsa) dipterocarp forest in Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Background imageApis Collection: Close up of European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera - nigra race), feeding

Close up of European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera - nigra race), feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageApis Collection: Honeybee (Apis meliffera) visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales

Honeybee (Apis meliffera) visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales, UK, May

Background imageApis Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying to feed on Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying to feed on Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) Pentwyn farm SSSI, Gwent Wildlife Trust Reserve, Monmouthshire Wales UK, July

Background imageApis Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera), in flight, highspeed nature photo

Honey bee (Apis mellifera), in flight, highspeed nature photo, between leaves of gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa)
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Background imageApis Collection: Honeybee lands on a huge sunflower

Honeybee lands on a huge sunflower

Background imageApis Collection: Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Desert passionflower (Passiflora palmeri)

Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Desert passionflower (Passiflora palmeri). Danzante Island, Loreto Bay National Park, Sea of Cortez, Mexico. May

Background imageApis Collection: Statue of the bull Apis, Brancaccio collection (black diorite)

Statue of the bull Apis, Brancaccio collection (black diorite)
3042832 Statue of the bull Apis, Brancaccio collection (black diorite) by Roman; Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps, Rome, Italy; Photo © Stefano Baldini

Background imageApis Collection: The Persian Emperor Artaxerxes III Ochus killing the sacred Apis bull of the Egyptians (engraving)

The Persian Emperor Artaxerxes III Ochus killing the sacred Apis bull of the Egyptians (engraving)
3647023 The Persian Emperor Artaxerxes III Ochus killing the sacred Apis bull of the Egyptians (engraving) by Vogel, Hermann (1856-1918); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageApis Collection: Cambyses killing the Apis (engraving)

Cambyses killing the Apis (engraving)
655565 Cambyses killing the Apis (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cambyses killing the Apis)

Background imageApis Collection: DDE-90039276

DDE-90039276
USA, Oregon, Keizer, a honey bee (Apis mellifera) Date: 24/01/2011

Background imageApis Collection: Honeybee - feeding on Helenium flower Apis mellifera Essex, UK IN001299

Honeybee - feeding on Helenium flower Apis mellifera Essex, UK IN001299 Date: 14-Aug-19

Background imageApis Collection: Amulet of the Apis Bull, Egypt, Late Period, Dynasties 26-31 (664-332 BCE)

Amulet of the Apis Bull, Egypt, Late Period, Dynasties 26-31 (664-332 BCE)

Background imageApis Collection: Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt (coloured engraving)

Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt (coloured engraving)
3630008 Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt)

Background imageApis Collection: Osiris, Apis, Serapis (engraving)

Osiris, Apis, Serapis (engraving)
6022585 Osiris, Apis, Serapis (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Osiris, Apis, Serapis)

Background imageApis Collection: Ancient Egyptian bull deity Apis (chromolitho)

Ancient Egyptian bull deity Apis (chromolitho)
974467 Ancient Egyptian bull deity Apis (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ancient Egyptian bull deity Apis)

Background imageApis Collection: Bees, mainly for the beginner, 1941

Bees, mainly for the beginner, 1941
Bees, mainly for the beginner, by Apis, 1941. Beekeeping advice. Date: 1941

Background imageApis Collection: Cambyses slays the Sacred Bull, illustration from Hutchinsons History of

Cambyses slays the Sacred Bull, illustration from Hutchinsons History of
STC357909 Cambyses slays the Sacred Bull, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, c.1910 (litho) by Wright, Henry Charles Seppings (1850-1937); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageApis Collection: Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, and hive

Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, and hive
Western honey bee or European honey bee, Apis mellifera (Apis mellifica). Handcoloured lithograph from Georg Friedrich Treitschkes Gallery of Natural History

Background imageApis Collection: Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius

Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius (Apis flavicollis) on a thistle. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by James Sowerby from The British Miscellany, or Coloured figures of new, rare

Background imageApis Collection: Bust of Egyptian goddess Isis and bull deity Apis

Bust of Egyptian goddess Isis and bull deity Apis in black marble with white marks. Found in the Canopus of Hadrians Villa at Tivoli

Background imageApis Collection: Egyptian gods: Apis, Ailuros and Anubis

Egyptian gods: Apis, Ailuros and Anubis
Egyptian gods: bull god Apis 1, cat god Ailuros 2, 4, and jackal god Anubis 3, 5, 6. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Andrea Bernieri from Giulio Ferrrarios Costumes Antique

Background imageApis Collection: Keeper Brown moving a swarm of honey bees, London Zoo, July 1926 (b / w photo)

Keeper Brown moving a swarm of honey bees, London Zoo, July 1926 (b / w photo)
3550640 Keeper Brown moving a swarm of honey bees, London Zoo, July 1926 (b/w photo) by Bond, Frederick William (1887-1942); Zoological Society of London; eZoological Society of London; British

Background imageApis Collection: South Pole, Plate 6 from Globi coelestis in tabulas planas redacti descriptio, pub

South Pole, Plate 6 from Globi coelestis in tabulas planas redacti descriptio, pub
3075760 South Pole, Plate 6 from Globi coelestis in tabulas planas redacti descriptio, pub. 1674 (hand coloured engraving) by Pardies

Background imageApis Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 769

Curtis British Entomology Plate 769
Hymenoptera: Apis mellifica = Apis mellifera (Common Hive Bee, Honey Bee) Date: 1824-39

Background imageApis Collection: Group of Idols (engraving)

Group of Idols (engraving)
5218389 Group of Idols (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Group of Idols. Illustration for Cassells Illustrated Family Bible Superior Edition (Cassell)

Background imageApis Collection: Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt (coloured engraving)

Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt (coloured engraving)
3630014 Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Worship of the Apis Bull in Ancient Egypt)

Background imageApis Collection: Cows in Ancient Egypt (chromolitho)

Cows in Ancient Egypt (chromolitho)
734695 Cows in Ancient Egypt (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cows in Ancient Egypt)

Background imageApis Collection: Apis, sacred bull of Ancient Egypt (engraving)

Apis, sacred bull of Ancient Egypt (engraving)
3646971 Apis, sacred bull of Ancient Egypt (engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Apis, sacred bull of Ancient Egypt)



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Apis mellifera, commonly known as the honey bee, is a fascinating creature that plays a vital role in our ecosystem. These industrious insects are responsible for pollinating countless plants and producing delicious honey. In the Welder Wildlife Refuge in Sinton, Texas, one can witness the mesmerizing sight of bees swarming around a wild honey cone. The sheer number of bees buzzing around showcases their incredible social structure and teamwork. The European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is not only beautiful but also essential for pollination. In an image captured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), we get an up-close look at this remarkable species feeding on ice plant flowers. Their delicate wings and intricate body structures highlight their adaptability to various environments. Worker bees of the Apis mellifera var carnica subspecies demonstrate their dedication to protecting their hive in another captivating photo. They form panic formations on a comb with eggs, ready to defend against any potential threats. Witnessing a large swarm of Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) is truly awe-inspiring. This spectacle reminds us of the collective power these tiny creatures possess when they come together for survival and expansion. Even beyond borders, these amazing creatures continue to fulfill their crucial role as pollinators. On Danzante Island in Loreto Bay National Park, Mexico, Western honeybees diligently pollinate Desert passionflower blooms amidst breathtaking scenery. Traveling further east brings us to Mount Namjagbarwa in Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Nature Reserve where Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) build impressive combs. These giant bees showcase nature's diversity and resilience even in challenging mountainous regions. A composite image featuring Wallacea's giant bee alongside its European counterpart highlights both size variations within the genus Apis and underscores how different species coexist harmoniously within ecosystems worldwide.