Where are honey bees originally from?

Contrary to what you might think or may have heard, honey bees aren’t native to North America. And if you’re thinking it's South America or Europe, you would also be incorrect.

All honey bees fall under the latin genus “Apis” and there are a total of 44 subspecies today including the western honey bee “Apis mellifera”. Each subspecies of honey bee holds a unique set of characteristics ranging from behaviors to honey and wax production. And these subspecies are now native to places all over the world and hold many unique traits that they have adapted for their specific environments.

However, it is strongly believed that they all originated from a singular species in Western Asia. So next time you find yourself eager to display your unique knowledge of facts, ask the audience where honey bees originate from. 


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