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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

Types of They’re yellow and black and buzz around during warm summer days. Knowing the difference between a and its more aggressive cousins is important. Some will only sting when agitated and other types are more likely to chase you around.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

infographic, honeybees, colony collapse disorder, angle's list, pollinator, hornets, wasps, honey bees, bees, reader submitted content, agriculture, food supply, bee stings, honeybee populations, pollination

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Types of bumblebees. Most bees have specialized branched or feathery body hairs that help in the collection of pollen. Female bees, like many other hymenopterans, have a defensive sting. Some bees produce honey from flower nectar. Honey bees and stingless bees commonly hoard large quantities of honey-a characteristic that is exploited by beekeepers, who harvest the honey for human consumption!

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Identifying honey bees. The worker bees are female; they are responsible for gathering nectar and pollen, cleaning the hive, caring for brood (bee larva), tending to the queen, guarding the hive, and turning nectar into honey. The queen remains in the hive to lay eggs and regulate worker activities with pheromones. The drones mate with a virgin queen on her nuptial flight and die immediately afterwards; drones are only present during spring and summer.

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The lives of bees and humans are intricately linked. More than 100 types of crops in the US are pollinated by bees, from almonds to zucchini. Bees are vital to the reproduction of clover and alfalfa, which feed grazing animals, and to the diverse ecosystems that sustain wildlife. Find out how you can help bee part of the change at wholefoodsmarket.com/sharethebuzz.

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For those of you just starting out in bee keeping, here is an overview of different frame types, different foundation options and the pros and cons of each.

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