Honey Bee Colonies

Honey-Bee-Colonies

Honey bees are eusocial insects that live in colonies A honey bee colonies are complex societies consisting of members of the same species coexisting together in a unit, each with a specific task to be carried out. Colonies are intricate social structures regulated by the queen and carried out by worker bees and drones. Table […]

Honey Bees

honey-bees

Honey bees are eusocial insects that live in colonies Honey bees are eusocial insects belonging to the Apidae family and the genus Apis. They are known most prominently for their ability to create honey, as well as their superior pollinating capabilities. Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents What Are […]

Honey Bee Sting

Honey-bee-sting

Honey bee inserting its stinger into human skin Honey bees sting as a defence mechanism to protect the colony. When an intruder invades, the workers release pheromones to alert the others of the threat and lead them to its location. In this event, the pheromones stimulate their attack response. Table of Contents Add a header […]

Bee Decline

Although honey bees are safe, non-managed bee species are declining due to various reasons Bee decline has been a hot topic for some time now. While many were talking about the phenomenon of colony collapse during the mid-2000s, some have pointed to recent evidence stating that Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is no longer a problem, […]

Furrow Bees

furrow-bees

Furrow bees are also called Sweat bees One of the most populous families of bees is also the most biodiverse. Furrow bees, also known as “Sweat” bees, cannot be easily characterized or quantified because their habitats are largely dependent on the region. What is common is their choice of nesting location: underground or in rotted […]

Drone Honey Bee

The male species of honey bees are called drone honey bees Drone honey bees are the males of the species. They are produced when a queen places an egg into a cell created exclusively for drones. Once they are positioned in these cells, they are not fertilized by the queen; fertilized cells will become female […]

Do Bees Sleep?

When honey bees are sleeping, their antennae, upper body and abdomen droop down, and their wings rest against their bodies It wasn’t that long ago that a researcher named Walter Kaiser discovered that honey bees do, in fact, sleep. In 1983, he observed changes in body posture that indicated forager bees were moving from an […]

Do Bees Hibernate?

Honey bees hibernating inside the hive Hibernating is most often associated with the idea of animals sleeping out the winter to conserve energy and to withstand the winter months when it’s more difficult to forage for food. Some species of bees, on the other hand, not only do not hibernate during the winter months but […]

Do Bees Have Knees?

Similar to humans, bees have knees; they are called femorotibial joints A popular idiom from the previous century has made some wonder if bees do, in fact, have knees. Bees indeed have knees, however, it doesn’t function in the same way that humans’ knees do. Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the […]

Do Bees Fly at Night?

Bee foraging for food in the dark Most bees are active during the day, but there are some species that can and prefer to forage when it’s either dim or close to complete darkness. There are several reasons that make these night-time bees different from their daytime counterparts. Table of Contents Add a header to […]