Apis mellifera

The western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a species of honey bee. The genus name Apis is Latin for “bee”, and mellifera means “honey-bearing”. As of October 28, 2006, the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium fully sequenced and analyzed the genome of Apis mellifera. Since 2007, attention has been devoted to colony collapse disorder, a decline in European honey bee colonies in a number of regions.