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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

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Identifying honey bees. The worker bees are female; they are responsible for gathering nectar and pollen, cleaning the hive, caring for brood (bee larva), tending to the queen, guarding the hive, and turning nectar into honey. The queen remains in the hive to lay eggs and regulate worker activities with pheromones. The drones mate with a virgin queen on her nuptial flight and die immediately afterwards; drones are only present during spring and summer.

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Types of bumblebees. Most bees have specialized branched or feathery body hairs that help in the collection of pollen. Female bees, like many other hymenopterans, have a defensive sting. Some bees produce honey from flower nectar. Honey bees and stingless bees commonly hoard large quantities of honey-a characteristic that is exploited by beekeepers, who harvest the honey for human consumption!

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How to find a Beekeeper to come collect your swarm of bees (in southeastern IN). Great pics of swarms and this graphic of different types of bees.

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Experienced beekeepers frequently talk about brood pattern. But what is a brood pattern and how do you tell a good one from a bad one? A brood pattern is nothing more than the place where the queen...

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