Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild.
All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. A hive's inhabitants are generally divided into three types.
Workers are the only bees that most people ever see. These bees are females that are not sexually developed. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, and perform many other societal functions.
Common Name: Honeybee
Scientific Name: Apis mellifera
Group Name: Colony, swarm
Average life span in the wild: Up to 5 years
Size: 0.4 to 0.6 in (workers)
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