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Apidae is the largest family within the superfamily Apoidea, containing at least 5700 species of bees. The family includes some of the most commonly seen bees, including bumblebees and honey bees, but also includes stingless bees (also used for honey production), carpenter bees, orchid bees, cuckoo bees, and a number of other less widely-known groups. Many are valuable pollinators in natural habitats and for agricultural crops.

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Apidae \Apidae\ n. 1. 1 a family of insects comprising the bees; examples are: honeybees; carpenter bees; bumblebees.

Syn: family Apidae.


Usage examples of "apidae".

The bee was black and gold, a bee from the forest, a bumblebee of the family Apidae.