Like any hobby or industry, beekeeping has its fair share of lingo. Here are a few terms you should know to be considered hip to the hive: Apiculture: The technical term for beekeeping. Brood chamber: The portion of the hive where the queen lays eggs in structured cells (the ‘brood’). Drones: Male bees, responsible for fertilising the queen bee’s eggs. They have no stinger or pollen basket, and live for about one week, dying right after mating. Honey super: The portion of the hive where the bees store their extra honey, which is harvested. Super: A box in which eight to ten frames of comb are hung vertically. Queen: The primary female in a colony responsible for reproduction. She may lay up to 1 500 eggs per day at peak production, and can live for several years. Queen excluder: A specially sized screen that prevents the queen from entering the honey super to keep the brood chamber separate. Workers: Female bees with a life expectancy of around six weeks. They are responsible for performing all the colony’s labour. They clean cells, feed the brood, care for the queen, build wax combs, guard the hive, and forage for pollen and nectar.