The European Dark or the Black Honey Bee, shown on this page, is the original wild honey bee of the UK and much of central Europe.
The subspecies Italian Honey Bee, shown on a separate page, is the most usual bee in domesticated beehives and feral colonies in the UK.
Those shown on this page are workers, shown here with full pollen baskets on their thighs.
Taking water or minerals.
The honey bee is well-known for its structured and communicative social lifestyle.
These bees are filling their pollen baskets with a sugary resin or gum excreted by this tree between wood and bark on a sawn area.