Beekeeping 101 – Workers, Queens, and Drones

Just as in the human world, the males are pretty much useless.

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In beekeeping the “beek” or beekeeper needs to monitor the activity in the hive to see if the queen is producing new bees. The beek is also on the look out for the queen. A bee hive is more than just a bunch of bees in a box. The three types of bees that live in the hive are: the queen, the worker, and the drone, each with specific duties.  Bee colonies work as complete units and without the proper number of each type of bee it will not survive. It is the female bee, or workers, who keep the whole thing going.

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