Many species of animals eat honey bees including other insects, amphibians, birds and mammals. Mammals kill more bees than other vertebrates, with bears and honey badgers being some of the most prolific bee killers. Several types of wasps and spiders specialize in hunti...
Honey bees harvest nectar from flowers to make honey for food. The honey they make feeds the entire colony of bees and gets them through the winter months. Here are the steps honey bees take to create nectar:
Honey bees live in nests throughout the world and can survive in almost every climate except for those that have frigid temperatures year round. The biogeographic regions where many bee species are found including honey bees are paleartic, nearactic, oriental, neotropic...
Honey bees communicate through dances which convey the direction, distance and quality of food sources. Bees also communicate through odors and through the exchange of food.
Queen honey bees live from 3 to 5 years. The life span of a worker bee depends on the season, but it ranges from 6 weeks to 9 months. Drones do not have any use after mating season; any drones left in the hive by autumn are expelled.
There are many different varieties of honey bee, each one with its own distinct characteristics. The Italian honey bee may be the most popular variety for beekeepers, but there are also German, Carniolan, Caucasian, Russian and Buckfast varieties in use in North America...
A honey bee package is a complete set of bees sold to beekeepers so that they can start a new hive. They are usually sold by weight. Packages include a queen and workers, but no drones.