The superfamily Apoidea (Pierre André Latreille, 1802) is a major group within the Hymenoptera, which includes about 20,000 species, the best known of which is the honeybee (Apis mellifera).

The morphology of the Apoidea reflects their specialization in pollinating insects: the body is more or less covered with hair, the mouthparts are adapted to the collection of nectar, the legs have modifications suitable to favor the collection of pollen; the stinger is only for defense.

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