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All bees are very useful and without them we would not have many of the trees, plants and juicy fruits and vegetables that we all enjoy eating.
We are all familiar with the “Winnie the Poo” Honey Pot which is how bumble bees
raise their young and store their honey -
The nest is annual and only the queens survive the winter to start off again in a new location the next spring.
Bumblebee nest showing honey pots and adult bees
Bumblebee worker (Bombus terrestris)
The other bees that may resemble honey or bumble bees are Solitary bees. These may live in large groups but work
individually for themselves. These bees have very short lives and will be gone after only a few weeks. The female bees lay several eggs, supply their young with food and seal up the cells or cavities which remain dormant until their offspring emerge the same time the following year. They are excellent Garden Pollinators.
Honeybees are different. They are the most socially advanced
of all the insects and live in a colony all through the year.
They use higher forms of communication and are able to store
enough food for humans to be able to harvest which in turn is
one of the best natural health foods that we can consume.
They will nest in dry cavities, hollow trees, roofs and chimneys.
Honeybees are the only UK insects which swarm.
Solitary bees will nearly always nest in sunny locations: In south or west facing house walls, in the ground on dry soil or in wooden crevices.
Honeybee queen & workers
(Apis Mellifera lingustica)