Bees and Wasps
Bees and Wasps are known as beneficial insects because they prey on other small animal pests, pollinate flowers and produce honey for human consumption. However, they carry a venomous sting that can be very painful and may cause extreme allergic reactions in some people.
A colony of bees has 1 queen, thousands of workers and a number of male drones. Workers collect honey and maintain the nest. Their food consists of pollen and nectar from flowers and water, which also feed the larvae.
The entire colony, with the exception of the males, hibernates in the hive or hive. After fertilization, the males are killed by the workers or chased out of the hive, after which they starve to death.
When young queens have developed in the nest, the old queen gathers up to half of the colony and swarms. Bees are very helpful in pollinating plants and crops.
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Bees and Wasps can be frightening
Bees frighten everyone. Most people feel threatened in their presence although bees rarely sting. However, getting stung is a painful experience and can be life threatening for those few highly allergic individuals. It is the social bees that are responsible for most stings. They frequently sting in defense of their nest.
The difference between Bees and Wasps
A bee is often confused with a wasp, yet there are some clear differences in physique, color and nest construction.