There are 25,000 different bee species around the world. Only four of these species are honeybees, of which the western honeybee (Apis mellifera) is the one we took to the US and then on to Australasia. Honeybees make honey. It’s their winter food, for feeding the 10,000-strong colony in the hive when it’s too cold to fly. Bumblebees don’t make honey we can harvest but they are important pollinators, too! Photo by @simonecastrovillari
Honeybees live on stored honey and pollen all winter and cluster into a ball to conserve warmth. All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. Members of the hive are divided into three types. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, and circulate air by beating their wings.
Seeing as cold season is starting, and I don't mean cold as in weather.. I decided to get some goodies from a local honey company to give a try. Won't hurt any and at least it's delicious! ✌ #honey#rawhoney#beehaven