Content tagged "honey bee biology"

How do honey bees make wax?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Bees produce the beeswax used in the construction of their combs from the four pair of wax glands located on the underside of the abdomen. These glands are...

Can a honey bee be born without the aid of a drone?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Yes and no. A drone's (male bee) purpose is to mate with a queen (female reproductive bee). All other colony activities are performed by worker bees...

How are queen bees raised and mated?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

There are many methods of raising queen bees, but the central tenant of queen production is that a fertilized egg may be reared into a queen or worker...

The drone has no father but has a grandfather. How is that?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

The queen and workers are female bees with a diploid set of chromosomes. The drones are male with a haploid set of chromosomes. To get a worker, the queen...

Seasonality of Brood and Adult Populations (Basic Bee Biology for Beekeepers)

Bee Health Updated: October 07, 2015

The population of a bee hive fluctuates during the year according to the seasons and food resources. The queen usually lives for a couple of years (in...

Honey Bee Queens: Evaluating the Most Important Colony Member

Bee Health Updated: October 07, 2015

Learn what you need to know to have a prolific queen and colony 

Dance Language of the Honey Bee

Bee Health Updated: September 03, 2014

Social behavior in bees has a number of advantages. One of the most important of these is the ability to quickly mobilize a large number of foragers to...

Anatomy of the Honey Bee

Bee Health Updated: June 09, 2014

Discover the intricacies of honey bee anatomy

First Lessons in Beekeeping: Honey Bee Biology

Bee Health Updated: July 26, 2013

Learn about bee biology as a prerequisite to successful beekeeping

Bees and Social Insects

Bee Health Updated: February 10, 2011

Many animals live together as a group, but they are not necessarily social (e.g. a school of fish) because there is a very precise definition when it comes...

Illustrations from Morphology of the Honey Bee Larva by J.A. Nelson

Bee Health Updated: March 11, 2010

These images are taken from 'Morphology of the Honey Bee Larva' by J.A. Nelson. Download a .pdf: Morphology of the Honeybee Larva. Nervous system and...

Illustrations from Anatomy of the Honey Bee by R.E. Snodgrass

Bee Health Updated: March 11, 2010

Although this work is a century old it is still one of the best descriptions of honey bee anatomy available. Download a full version of The Anatomy of the...

Historical Anatomical Literature of Honey Bee Anatomy

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2010

The following two works contain anatomical diagrams of the honey bee that have stood the test of time. You may see images from these articles in modern books...

How many times does a queen honey bee mate?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How do honey bees use pheromones to communicate?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

What is “Bee Space” and why is this important to beekeeping?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How long do worker honey bees live?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

I am doing honeybee studies and need to dissect out the hypopharyngeal glands, salivary glands, and if possible the corporum allatum. Is there a detailed protocol (preferrably with images) of how to dissect these structures?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

Head Segment of the Honey Bee

Bee Health Updated: October 13, 2009

The head is the center of information gathering. It is here that the visual, gustatory and olfactory inputs are received and processed. Of course, food is...

Biology of Individual Honey Bees

Bee Health Updated: July 20, 2009

It is safe to say that the bees’ agenda are not necessarily the beekeeper’s. The one is interested in securing a large honey supply to ensure the colony’s...

Biology of the Honey Bee Colony

Bee Health Updated: July 20, 2009

The agenda of a honey bee colony is to reproduce and survive the next winter. This is essentially the same for a solitary insect, but in choosing a...

Subspecies: The Place of Honey Bees in the World

Bee Health Updated: July 20, 2009

The honey bee managed in North America is the western honey bee Apis mellifera L. The generic name Apis means “bee-like,” and students of Romance languages...

Abdomen of the Honey Bee

Bee Health Updated: July 20, 2009

On the surface the abdomen has no special outside structures, but is the center for digestion and reproduction (for drones and queens). It also houses the...

Thorax of the Honey Bee

Bee Health Updated: July 20, 2009

The thorax is the center for locomotion and has three segments, each with a pair of spiracles for letting in air. Bees have 2 pairs of wings and three pairs...

The Place of Beekeeping in the World

Bee Health Updated: July 03, 2009

The very word “beekeeping” implies the existence of a bee that can be “kept.” And the wonder of this fact should not be lost on the writers and readers of...

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