It is allergy season; which means the wind is blowing, flowers are blooming and bees are pollenating. Yes, that’s right, it’s also bee season.

There are three types of honey bees. The queen, the male/drone, and worker bee. They are not aggressive unless they feel their honeycomb hive is in danger. The worker bees will attack to protect their queen and the larvae. Adults have stingers that will break off into the skin of the human or animal when stung, then the bee proceeds to die.

The queen lays her eggs in the honeycomb’s hexagonal cells of the hive. The eggs will hatch in 3-4 days and the worker bees tend to the larvae for the next 15-24 days depending on the new bee. A new queen bee is matured at 15 days while the worker bees mature at 21 and the male/drones are developed at 24 days after hatching.

While the worker bees are tending to the larvae, they will go out and collect nectar and pollen for the comb. They have what’s called a “pollen basket” on their hind legs where they store the pollen and also a “honey sac” that stores nectar in their digestive system until they get back to the hive.

Once back at the comb, the bees deposit the pollen and nectar into the cells of the honeycomb. The nectar has to go through a regurgitating process that allows the bees body to produce an enzyme that turns the nectar into honey.

Bees are very beneficial to the environment. They pollenate flowers, fruits and veggies as well as making beeswax, honey and jelly. You’ll see them buzzing around when the weather starts warming up. Usually around April when the temperatures are above 70 degrees. Mid to late summer, you’ll see a decrease in bee activity because temperatures are typically too hot for them.

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