Japanese Honey Bee
Color: Black & Gold
Scientific Name: Apis cerana japonica
Japanese Honey Bee FAQs
Are Japanese honeybees invasive?
The introduction of the Western honey bee to Japan has contributed to a decline in the species’ numbers. Because of this, control is generally only recommended as a last resort. However, in some parts of the world, including Australia, the Japanese honey bee may be considered an invasive species.
How big is the Japanese honey bee?
One colony of Japanese honeybees numbers between several thousand and twenty thousand bees, a number one-third or one-half that of a Western honeybee colony. Individual bees are 10-13 mm in length and 60-90 mg in weight, about 20% smaller than Western honeybees.
Can Japanese honey bees sting?
A Japanese honey bee can sting but will only do so when threatened by a person or pet that gets too close to the nest. Stings are painful and may result in allergic reactions. If left undisturbed, these bees are harmless, beneficial pollinators.