The family Apidae includes honey-bees and bumble-bees. All such insects are within the Order Hymenoptera- having four proper wings that are membranous.

This well-known is important for the pollination work they do on many plants. Such pollination is important for many pastoral and horticultural systems we depend on. In NZ, the most commercially valuable bee species have all been introduced. Honey-bee numbers have fallen in many areas however, shce the Varroa mite was accidentally introduced.