Bee Hive

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European Honey Bee
Apis mellifera

History
All of our bee colonies (past and present) are kept by our bee keeper in his yard, and occasionally transferred from other bee keepers. From time to time when our colony loses a queen or swarms, the bee keeper will come in and install a new colony from one of his hives.

Fun Facts
Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

Birth Date
Unknown

Diet in the Wild
Nectar.

Diet at the Museum
Nectar (the bees collect it themselves).

Life Span
Queen – 1 to 3 years. The life span of a worker bee varies according to the time of year. Her life expectancy is approximately 28 to 35 days. Workers that are reared in September and October, however, can live through the winter. The lifespan of a drone is 8 weeks on average.

Habitat
All habitats that have suitable food supply.

Range
Honeybees have been colonized on every continent except Antarctica.

Conservation Status:
No special status.