Apis mellifera cecropia

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Apis mellifera cecropia
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Apis
A. m. cecropia
Trinomial name
Apis mellifera cecropia

Apis mellifera cecropia or the Greek bee is the subspecies of honey bee that is native to southern Greece.[1] It is very similar to Apis mellifera ligustica, the Italian bee. it is favored for its extreme gentleness and lack of tendency to swarm. The Greek bee originates in Greece where the climate is Mediterranean, and cannot survive in the north of Europe where the climate is cooler[citation needed], and because of that they are not spread around the world much by commercial beekeepers. They are mainly only kept in southern Greece.

Life cycle[edit]

Greek bees generally tend to build up very quickly in the spring, with the queens being very prolific, resulting in strong hives. They also tend to make quite a lot of honey, but only in Mediterranean climates.


  1. ^ Crane, Eva (1999). The world history of beekeeping and honey hunting. Taylor and Francis. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-415-92467-2.