Bees, wasps and ants all belong to the same
group of insects known as Hymenoptera ('transparent wing').
Bees and wasps both have two pairs of wings and a slender
Some bees and wasps also provide warning colors
as in the yellow and black patterns found on their bodies.
Some species can even provide a powerful sting which injects
their venom into a humans system, inflaming the area and even
causing allergic reactions.
The life cycle of bees and wasps include a complete
metamorphosis from larva to adult. Though generally solitary,
some species maintain colonies where the young are cared for.
Bees and wasps will generally make nests for
their young in a variety of places. This could include trees,
mounds, rotted logs, attics, cracked cement and even sand.
Honey bees typically live in hives. These hives
are where the production of honey and the raising of the young
take place. The queen mates with the male drones and then
lays her eggs. Most of these young develop into sterile female
workers themselves. Workers then go out and collect the pollen
and nectar to make into honey (which sustains the colony for
the winter). Workers will also repair any damage sustained
tot he hive structure.
When a scout honeybee returns to the hive, worker
bees will be communicated the location of the pollen and nectar.
The scout bee will perform figure-eights near the hive and
use the moving of its rear as the direction for where to find
the exact spot. The amount of moving of the rear that occurs
indicates just how distant the new food supply is.
The queen bee will generally spend her days
laying eggs in the combs of the hive with attendant worker
bees feeding and cleaning her.