The average life span 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 live until they mate or for 90 days.
A newborn worker bee begins to clean immediately. Her first two days of life include cleaning cells and keeping the hive warm, as bee hives are kept at a constant 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Female worker bees remove the bodies of dead drones from the hive before they take their first pollen gathering flight, usually 22 days after birth.Learn More
The easiest ways to identify bee species are through color, size and by the presence of a pollen basket on the abdomen. Two of the most common bees, the honey bee and bumble bee, share many features.Full Answer >
Honeybees are a unique lineage of bee and some of the only ones to produce, store and eat honey. Bees produce honey by processing nectar and other flower-derived substances. Honey is stored in the hive in structures called combs. Scientists classify all seven species of honeybee in the genus Apis, which is where the term "apiculturist," or beekeeper, comes from.Full Answer >
Wasps sting but do not leave the stinger behind as bees do. Therefore, the wasp is able to sting again. Stings are typically treated with an injectable epinephrine if the person is allergic.Full Answer >
Belonging to the insect order Odonata, dragonflies have two pairs of transparent wings, six legs and an elongated body. Young dragonflies are called nymphs and they live in the water.Full Answer >