Apis mellifera

Honeybees are highly social, cooperative insects. Led by a single queen, worker bees—which are all female—forage for food, build and protect the hive, and care for the young. The male honeybee, the drone, exists for the sole purpose of mating and passing on the colony genes.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Up to 5 yrs
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore and pollinator
habitatHabitat: Woodlands, meadows, and gardens
dietDiet: Pollen and nectar