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Bees and Wasps Wasps and bees both belong to the order Hymenoptera and have many features in common We know that bees have been producing honey as they do today for at least 150 million years Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers arent blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them European honeybees produce such an abundance of honey far more than the hive can eat that humans can harvest the excess For this reason European honeybees can be found in beekeepers hives around the world Honeybees are social insects with a marked division of labor between the various types of bees in the colony A colony of honeybees includes a queen drones and workers The queen bee is the only sexually developed female in a colony Drones are stout male bees that have no stingers Drones do not collect food or pollen from flowers Their sole purpose is to mate with the queen which is done only once in her approximately two year life span If the colony is short on food drones are often kicked out of the hive Workers the smallest bees in the colony are sexually undeveloped females and the only bees with a stinger A colony can have 50000 to 60000 workers The life span of a worker bee varies according to the time of year Her life expectancy is approximately 28 to 35 days The wasp is not similar to the bee in several aspects Wasps do not collect pollen make honey or store food like the bee A wasps nest is made out of paper that the wasp makes by chewing wood and forming in to a nest while bees make a chambered nest out of wax A wasps mouth is designed for chewing and a bees mouth is designed for lapping nectar If a bee was to sting its venom sack and
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