Flights Of Fancy…
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.