The average lifespan of a bee depends upon the hive's activity when she is born, and is 40 days during the active season and five months if born the season before. Queen bees live an average of three years, and drones li... More »

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 ... More »

Beekeepers can get a free beehive by luring or capturing bees during swarm season. When beehives become overpopulated about half of the hive swarms and leaves in search of another suitable place to live. Beekeepers may b... More »

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In the winter, most bees stay in the hive, kept warm by heater bees and living off honey stored there. Bees can remain active through the winter, but the queen can be the only bee to survive until spring since she is the... More »

A bee’s nest is called a hive and is constructed from beeswax, which is made out of honey. The honey is formed from nectar collected by worker bees. Bees store the honey in their stomachs and regurgitate it as beeswax. I... More »

To raise honey bees successfully, build a safe and functional hive for the bees to live in, acquire enough bees for the colony to thrive, and perform regular maintenance to keep the hive healthy. Harvesting of honey is u... More »

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When establishing a bee colony, start small and expand the hive as you gain experience. Check local bee forums for availability and decide on the type of bee to keep. Different species have different characteristics, wit... More »

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