Pollen-collecting apparatus (corbiculum) of female located on the hindleg (Fig. 162); tongue long to very long; compound eyes separated from the mandibles by distinct cheeks (genae) (Fig. 163). Members of this family are typically social, colony-inhabiting species with a worker caste.

EXAMPLES: Apinae - Apis mellifera (honey bee); Bombinae - Bombus spp. (bumblebees), Psithyrus spp. (cuckoo bumblebees).

Fig. 162 Left hindleg of a worker bumblebee family Apidae.
Fig. 163 Head of a bumblebee - family Apidae.

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