The scientific name for the western honey bee is Apis Mellifera.
Honey bees are not naturally aggressive but will protect their hive if provoked by an enemy.

Honey bees are the only insect that make food consumed by humans, and they help pollinate one third of all the food produced in the United States.

Bees can no longer survive in the wild for long periods of time due to certain pests and diseases from which they lack natural resistance. This is why beekeepers are even more important now than ever. Beekeepers care for the bees and keep them healthy.


A worker bee is always female and controls all functions in the hive.

They live for 6 weeks during the spring and summer months and for about 4-9 months during the winter months. Worker bees literally work themselves to death, therefore, has such as short lifespan during the summer months when they are busy collecting nectar and doing other functions within the hive.

Worker bees clean the hive, collect pollen, water, and nectar, care for the queen and the young developing bees, and maintain the natural balance of the hive.

Worker bees have ovaries like the queen but are never fully developed due to a pheromone put off by the queen to prohibit it. 



A queen bee can live for several years, typically 3-5 years.

The queen lays about a 1,000 eggs a day but can lay as many as 2,000 per day.

A queen and worker larvae are the same. The only difference is that the queen is fed a high sugar and protein diet of royal jelly, which makes her much larger.

    A queen cell looks like a peanut shape due to the fact that she is larger when fully developed compared to both a worker and a drone bee.  


    Drones are always male.Drones do not have a stinger. 

    Drones live for about 1-2 months during the summer and are kicked out of the hive during the winter months.

    Drones sole purpose is for mating.

    Drones do not assist in collecting nectar, pollen, making honey, caring for the young, cleaning the hive, and they can’t even feed themselves! Sound familiar to any of the females out there?  

    The queen mates once in her life with several drones.















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