The Honey Bee
The hive is made of wax honeycombs. Each honeycomb is divided in to a number of hexagonal cells. Here the young are raised and the pollen and honey is stored. At the start of their lifecycle the larvae will pupate inside the cell which is covered by wax. The first new queen to appear will sting later queens to death before taking the place of her mother (who will leave with a swarm of worker bees) or will create her own new colony.
Honey Bee Facts
Type: Honey Bee
Location: All parts of the United Kingdom.
Habitat: Gardens, woodlands, orchards, meadows and other areas where there are plenty of flowering plants.
Colour: Black and gold markings, large eyes.
Size: 16 to 20 millimetres.
Diet: Nectar and pollen.
On the wing: March to end of September.
Life expectancy: Queen (3 to 5 years), Worker Bees (40 days)