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Apis mellifera artemisia

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Subfamily: Apinae
Genus: Apis
Subgenus: (Apis)
Species: A. mellifera
Subspecies: A. m. artemisia
Trinomial name
Apis mellifera artemisia
Engel, 1999 [1]

Apis mellifera carnica or the Russian Steppe honey bee is a declared subspecies of Western honey bee. This race occurs in the central Russian steppes.

This is one of the subspecies whose taxonomic status has been put into doubt by authors of a 2011 research paper.[2]


  1. M. S. Engel (1999). "The Taxonomy of Recent and Fossil Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae; Apis)". Journal of Hymenoptera Research 8 (2): 165-196. 
  2. R. A. Ilyasov, I. A. Kutuev, A. V. Petukhov, A. V. Poskryakov, A. G. Nikolenko (2011). "Phylogenetic Relationships of Dark European Honeybees Apis Millifera Mellifera L. from the Russian Ural and West European Populations". Journal of Apicultural Science 55 (1): 67-76. 

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