Honey bees are distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. The female workers are the only bee that people usually see. Workers forage for pollen and nectar from flowers. They build and protect the hive, clean and circulate air. The Queens job only job is to lay eggs. There is usually only one Queen per hive. If the Queen dies the workers will create a new Queen by feeding of the worker females a special diet called “royal jelly”. This enables the worker to develop into a fertile Queen. Male bees are called drones. Several hundred drones live in each hive during the spring and summer, but they leave for the winter months.
Bees live on stored honey and pollen in the winter.
Swarms are the honey bee’s method of colony reproduction. The old queen and about half of the workers leave their former home to find a new home. During this process, you could see a mass of bees – a swarm – that looks like a cloud drifting through the air. Sometimes they rest for a period of time in trees and bushes. This time, frame could last from a few hours to a few days. They can leave as swiftly as they came.
If you see a swarm of honey bees you should call a beekeeper. Honey bees can also move into a chimney or a hole in a tree. You should not attempt to remove these on your own. An experienced beekeeper can generally help with these situations.
If you have an issue with honey bees and want additional information, please call our office for prevention and treatment options.
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