The humble Honey Bee (Maori Pi Honi) Apis melifera is not an insect I seem to see a lot of at The Cottage although there must be millions of them around as I assume that they are used to pollinate the apples in the orchards that surround me. Today one paid me a visit but seemed very dozy. Mind you it was fairly cold - mid teens - and wet. After I'd photographed it I decided to check my Maori spelling and look up the Latin. Whilst doing so I read the rest of the blurb in Andrew Crow's Which New Zealand Insect. I learned two things: when it is angry the Honey Bee makes a high-pitched war-cry; and that the Honey Bee is New Zealand's most dangerous insect. I know that we are very lucky here not to have the myriad of dangerous insects that they have across the Tasman in Oz but nevertheless I hadn't realised that we are quite that lucky. I'm not the slightest bit afraid of bees whilst wasps terrify me (when I'm not behind a camera). In fact I'm not sure that I actually believe Mr Crowe's assessment to be entirely accurate.
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