There are around 25,000 species of bees worldwide with honey bees constituting about 4000 species. Honey bees inhabit every continent except Antarctica. They produce large amounts of honey as food for the winter season when there is no plant life to collect pollen from.
Honey bees belong to the genus Apis that belongs to the honey bee family Apidae. There are three types of honey bees: European honey bees (which only occur naturally in Europe), African honey bees (which exist mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa), and Asian honey bees (found in East, South, and Southeast Asia).
Honey is a food produced by honeybees using nectar from flowers. Harvesting honey from honey bee colonies involves two main steps: removing the combs containing honey and separating the honey from the wax along with other debris which is then put into jars for sale or consumption.
Honey bees are social insects with honey bee colonies consisting of three types of honey bees: queens, female workers, and male drones. The honey bee colony has a fixed number of members with honey bees possessing a caste system in which honey bees have a distinct role in the order of the honey bee society.
Honey bees use pollen from flowers as their main source of food when they are young while honey is used when they become older.
Honey Bee Life Cycle
The honey bee life cycle begins with an egg that hatches into a larva, which then becomes pupa before it develops into an adult honey bee capable of reproducing larvae. Six days after mating, the queen lays eggs within the honeycomb cells in the form of hexagonal prismatic compartments made out of wax produced by glands on her body. A typical honeycomb includes around 100,000 honeycomb cells. A honey bee larva hatches out of its egg after three days and is fed by the worker honey bees with honey and pollen as food for around 14 days. The honey bee larva then spins a cocoon within the cell which takes about 8 days to finish spinning. Honey bees fly from flower to flower as they collect nectar and pollen that serve as their sources of food during spring, summer, and autumn while honey helps honey bees survive during winter since it helps them live longer due to high nutritional value.
A honey bee’s life span ranges between 42 and 74 days depending on what role it plays in the honey bee colony. When working inside the hive, honey bees usually work for 21+ days before dying. Honey bees can live for up to 6 weeks if they leave the hive to search for food, but honey bees usually live for about 5 weeks in this case.
Honey bees play an important role in agriculture since their activities help with plant reproduction via pollination while honey produced by honeybees serves as a valuable source of food.
With honey bees, you get a good return on investment. When honeybees are in the field pollinating plants that produce fruit and vegetables, they help to increase crop yield by 10-30%. This means more food for your family! Honey bee benefits also extend beyond their work as honey producers since honey is an excellent source of nutrition with significant health benefits including relief from coughs due to its antibacterial properties, reduced inflammation caused by infection or injury thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, increased energy levels because it’s rich in B vitamins – especially vitamin B2 (riboflavin) which helps convert carbohydrates into fuel for short bursts of energy during physical activity. With honeybee, colony collapse disorder threatening hives around the world at unprecedented rates, investing in honeybees can help protect your family from food shortages and the financial burden of buying honey from honey bee farmers.