The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee

Each week in the “All about Bees” section of the website we will be featuring a different common UK bee that frequently visits our gardens and open spaces where wild flowers and plants grow. This week our chosen bee is The Honey Bee.

The Honey Bee

Honey Bees live and can be spotted in all parts of the United Kingdom. They are farmed by bee keepers and kept in hives where their honey is collected and added to many foods that we eat today. In the wild they form colonies and live in woodland areas. In the wild the hive has a queen bee that lays the eggs, worker bees that look after the young and drones who are the reproductive males.

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)   

To download your copy own copy of our Honey Bee Fact Sheet just click on the thumbnail image below! 

By |2018-09-04T08:50:43+00:00April 23rd, 2017|All About Bees, All About Bees 2017, See Nature News|0 Comments

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