scientificillustration: n508_w1150 by BioDivLibrary on Flickr. Field book of insects, New York,G.P. Putnam’s sons,1918. biodiversitylibrary.org/item/17499 and: Vineet Kaur, tumblr
Here is a Homesteading book all about healthy, productive, organic, and in other words... Natural beekeeping; from non-toxic ways to control pests to breeding strategies.
Where would we be without the honey bees? The lives of bees and humans are intricately linked. More than 100 types of crops in the US are pollinated by bees, from almonds to zucchini. Bees are vital to the reproduction of clover & alfalfa, which feed grazing animals, and to the diverse ecosystems that sustain wildlife. wholefoodsmarket....
On website Lauren replied: "...Your information is very accurate, except that unfertilized eggs develop into drones without any additional fertilization. This means that male bees (drones) have half the number of chromosomes that female bees (queens and workers) do, which leads to lots of interesting behaviors."