The Japanese Honey Bee
Apis cerana japonica, commonly known as the Japanese honey bee, is one of the subspecies of European honey bees. These bees get their common name because they have migrated from Japan.
HOW TO IDENTIFY JAPANESE HONEY BEES
These eastern bugs can be differentiated by the western ones by noticing the number of bands on their abdomen. While the eastern ones have four abdominal bands, the western ones have three. A very distinctive feature of Japanese honey bees can be “pollen baskets” which help them to carry pollens while pollinating flowers.
Appearance and Behavior
Although these bugs look almost the same as the European or western ones, there are certain differences in their appearances, like European honey bees have three abdominal bands, and Japanese have four bands. Queen bees can be distinguished from the worker bees as queens have larger abdomens and are slightly darker in color.
Japanese honey bees do not sting generally if left undisturbed. However, they can sting if you disturb them or go near their nests. Their sting can be painful and cause allergies too.
One can easily observe the presence of a Japanese honey bee colony. Getting stung can be one of the most usual and basic signs that you have a beehive near you. Moreover, if you notice these bugs going into and coming from cracks or vents or any other place frequently, then this can serve as a sign too.