I’m not even new to beekeeping, I don’t have any hives yet or any equipment.
Someone raised the question about keeping bees within a HOA. Mine prohibits any “animals other than common household pets…” Does this include bees? Are bees even considered animals?
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Honey Bees would be considered an animal and in terms of scientific nomenclature they are classified under the Kingdom Animalia (Animals). I listed their taxinomic classification below for anyone interested. It is likely the homeowners association includes bees in their definition of animal, however it might not hurt to ask and if they say yes get it in writing.
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata – Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) – Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Apini (Honey Bees)
Species mellifera (Western Honey Bee).
Your Bee Friend Ray