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A Guide to the Different Types of Honey Bees
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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Best Garden Flowers for Bees - UK Many flowers are attractive to bees, with different types of bee varying in their particular preferences. In particular, long-tongued bumblebees such as Bombus hortorum tend to favor deep flowers, short-tongued bumblebees such as Bombus terrestris prefer shallow flowers. Sometimes short-tongued bees rob deep flowers by biting a hole in the side of the flower so they can reach the nectar. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/goulsonlab/resources/flowers #UKgardens
Pros & cons for each honeybee breeds’ traits. This is a fair, very generalized representation of their trait potentials.