Bee basics

Bee basics

Things you don’t know about bees

9582327713_0f0c84bc60_kBees are related to the wasp family and of course are known for their capabilities to pollinate with flowers and make honey and beeswax. It is a proven fact that bees were made to pollinate because their bodies were made for the process and work at pollinating better than any other insect including the butterfly. They actually feed on nectar for their energy to live and fly and collect pollen to not only make honey and beeswax, but for the protein and various nutrients they get from it. They also use what they get from pollen to feed their babies until they grow older. Bees have an extended tongue that enables them to drain the nectar and get the pollen from the flowers. Bees are also born with two sets of wings, the rear pair is smaller and the front pair being the larger to help them fly and maneuver. There are some species of bees that are unable to fly because their wings are made too small.

Bee facts

There are over 20,000 different kinds of bees that we know about that live all over the world except in Antarctica because of the cold weather. There could be even more types of bees that we don’t know about; but one thing is for sure, you will always find them flying anywhere that you see beautiful flowers. The largest bee known to the9576187445_ac5a414b35_k world is called the Megachile pluto, which is also known as the sweat bee and it is known as being a leafcutter type bee. The females are the larger of the two sexes and can become as large as one and a half inches. There are a lot of different types of bees such as the solitary, communal bees, honey bees, bumble bees, African honey bee, and stingless bees.

Most common type bees and their group only live for one pollination season (cycle), and only the females bees that have mated will hibernate and then have babies and then go on to become queens of their hive. There are in reality, only a few types of bees that live longer than one pollination season. The ones that do will then grow a colony with hundreds of bees and they become a colony. These colonies are led by one single female Queen; the rest will be workers and then, at a certain stage in the colony’s cycle become drones. As the hive multiplies, it can get quite large, some of them will grow to more than 40,000 yearly in the spring.

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