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Honey Bees - Types and Peculiar Social Behaviour

Updated on March 29, 2012
see the small insect....Honey bee
see the small insect....Honey bee

This is about small flying insect known as honey bees.

Let me give a brief description of these insects.

The scientific name of honeybee is Apis mellifera.

Honey bees are known as social insects with many peculiar features.

Beehive is the place where it live .


In this honey comb is very beautiful made up of six sided cells by using bee wax. Bees wax is produced from the glands lying near the abdomens of worker bees. These bees take the beeswax and form it with their mouth into the beautiful honey comb. The cells in the comb are uniform and used to raise young and to keep honey and pollen.The queen of the honey bees will lay eggs in the brood comb area.

Beautiful Honey Comb
Beautiful Honey Comb


Bee hive consists of three specialized group of honey bees.

They are living together and performing different duties.

1.Queen : - There is only one queen in a hive. She can lay over 1500 eggs

per day.It has a long life span. She is larger and having longer

abdomen than the workers and drones. She can use the curved

stinger for many times.

2. Drones :- They are male honey bees without any stinger. The drone’s eyes

are very large and it helps to find out the queen very easily.

Their main function is to mate with a queen.Their life span

is very short.

3.Workers :- They are sterile females. In these young house bees are

constructing comb and brood rearing and doing other works.

But the old field bees going outside for collecting nectar,

pollen,plant resins which is used for hive making.They are

having four pairs of peculiar glands under the abdomen

which can produce the bee wax.The pollen baskets are

present on each leg and extra stomach that helps to

store nectar.They have a straight stinger and can use

only once.It rips out of its abdomen after use and leads

to the death of that bee.It is a matter of surprise that

always they are gathering together and doing their

duties very systematically.

Showing social behaviour....
Showing social behaviour....

Very active...........

Now I am coming to the conclusion….. ‘ BE A BEE’


Many species of insects consume nectar but honey bees only will refine

and concentrate nectar to make honey.Flowers and their nectar will be

available only for a part of the year. Meanwhile they are collecting

nectar from flowers. They convert it into honey and store in their hive.

When flower nectar is unavailable such as winter unlike other insects

they remain active in winter also by consuming and metabolizing

honey.Thus they are using the nectar throughout the year.We are colle-

cting the stored food of the bees from the beehive and using as honey.

Even the small creature has a plan to keep something for

their future use.Like that we can also keep something for our coming

days…….rt ???? BE A BEE.........

Hi too sweet..........

Try to become active

Hi everybody............

Try to become active always. " Save something for your future" .


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    • NP.QUEEN profile image

      NP.QUEEN 4 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for the comment moonlake.....

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very interesting and great information.

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      rankhamb s. v 5 years ago

      thanks for good information

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      NP.QUEEN 6 years ago from Dubai

      hi J.S.Mathew,

      Thank you for the good comment from you.I am very glad to hear that You experienced the nature and behaviour of honey bees.

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      Hello and thank you for your compliment :)

    • NP.QUEEN profile image

      NP.QUEEN 6 years ago from Dubai

      hi learner

      I am appreciating your good thoughts. Keep it up.

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      I really want to "be a Bee" :) A useful Hub !!!

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      ePetNation 6 years ago from Maryland

      I loved it!! I love honey Bees, I have great memories of running through clover and all the bees. My granny would put snuff on the bottom of our little feet when we accidentally stepped on a honey bee. Poor little things are disappearing. Great Hub

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is a very interesting Hub with a lot of information on Honey Bees! I worked on a farm and the owner raised Honey Bees. The honey was delicious. Some of the bees started new colonies in the wood pile where I was cutting and stacking wood and I never had a problem. They were very gentle and went about their business without incident. Nice article! Voting up, useful and sharing!


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      NP.QUEEN 7 years ago from Dubai

      Yes Really good thought.Keep it up. Thank you.

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      NISHA 7 years ago