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There are nearly 200,000 species of bee in the world, and 250 of those can be found in the UK. How­ever, not all bees are from a hive and there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent kinds of bee in ever y hive.

We have around 25 dif­fer­ent kinds of bum­ble­bee in the UK, and these nest in the ground in colonies of var ying sizes.

Honey bees are hive bees and there is quite a so­cial set-up in the hive. There will be one queen to rule them all, and she will lay the eggs which will en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion of the hive – she is lit­er­ally the “queen bee” – sorry, Beyoncé! The worker bees – the ac­tual honey bees – are all fe­male and they are the ones out find­ing food, pollen and nec­tar, to bring back to the hive.

A hive will also have drones, male bees which are there solely to mate with a new queen.

Many of the bees in the UK are soli­tar y bees which have no queen or hive/colony and do not pro­duce honey.

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