Scientific name: Apis mellifera

Class: Insects

Familly: Apidae

Order: Hymenoptera

Life span: Queen : from 4 to 5 years

Male (drone): approx. 50 days

Worker: 35 to 45 days

Reproduction

As soon as the elements cooperate, brave young queens will take to the skies in a quest for their one true mate. The two meet halfway through flight and come together with love that is brief yet powerful enough for fertilization of eggs before parting ways forever – the male dies shortly afterwards leaving his mate alone to begin colonization anew.

Diet

Buzzing from flower to flower, bees gather nectar and pollen to form a sugary masterpiece. This delectable treat they call honey is used in many recipes worldwide.

  • Nectar
  • Pollen

Habitat

Wild bees have a knack for finding the perfect spot to create their hive; whether it be in some lofty, out-of-reach location such as a chimney or hollow trunk – or even an idyllic branch outside. These adroit creatures often avoid city areas and flock towards rural locations instead.

Do bees sting?

Honeybees don’t sting indiscriminately – they will only defend themselves if their safety is threatened, but to do so comes at a heavy cost as it costs them their life.

Why are bees in danger?

Our buzzing little friends, the bees, are disappearing at an alarming rate. Various scientists have attempted to explain this phenomenon and they all agree that mankind’s actions may be largely responsible for the decline in bee numbers. The reasons are as these: 

  • The appearance of new types of fungi that make bees sick;
  • Reduced diversity in many wildflower species

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