Bees have a somewhat mixed relationship with the human population. Although these insects are responsible pollinating flowers and reducing many insect pests, their stings can be life threatening to those who are allergic.
Bees have short and somewhat rounded bodies, with long antennae. They fly with four wings, the front two being larger than the hind ones. The bumble bee is black and yellow in color, and has a very fuzzy appearance. Similar in appearance to the bumble bee is the carpenter bee, which only displays yellow hair on the top half of their bodies - the bottom usually being shiny and black. The honey bee can be distinguished from the others by its orange-brown color.
The Damage Bees Can Cause
The greatest threat posed by bees is the danger of their stings; for those that are allergic, a bee sting can be fatal. In cases where the subject is not allergic, the sting is still very painful, although not usually life threatening.
Bee’s Life Cycle
In social species, such as the bumble bee, an inseminated queen will spend the winter underground, emerging in the spring and building a hive. The queen lays only a few eggs initially, nourishing them with nectar. In the early season the eggs hatch into sterile females (workers). As more workers hatch, the queen will increase the number of eggs laid.
Most bees are not aggressive and will not search for something to attack, however, social bees will attack to defend their hive or nest. Africanized honey bees are considered to be aggressive and will sting with little provocation. Unlike other bees, the Africanized honey bee or swarm will pursue a victim for over 300 feet, whereas other bees will pursue less than 10.
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