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The honeybee is known throughout the world for the honey it produces, although it is believed to have originated from Asia.

The honey bee colony consists of the queen, and the workers. The life of a honeybee is unique. They are very social insects and work together for the good of the hive. It all begins with the queen bee; she lays eggs in cells of the combs. She will fertilize some and some others she will not. The fertilized eggs will become female workers. The unfertilized eggs become males. When the egg hatches, usually in three days, they become what are known as larvae. The colony feeds the larvae royal jelly. Within a week’s period, the larvae will be introduced to honey and pollen. If larvae are chosen as the future queen, it will receive nothing but royal jelly to feed on. It will take eight days for the larvae to develop, during this period it will go through several phases, the final phase consists of the larvae spinning a cocoon inside the cell, where it develops into its adult form.

The worker bees have a lifespan of eight weeks. The first two weeks of their life are dedicated to up keeping the hive and feeding new larvae. The following two weeks, they are involved in receiving and storing the nectar from the other bees. The final stages of their life they will go out and retrieve nectar and pollen for the never-ending cycle.

The honeybees have unique communications between themselves. They will do a dance; this dance gives other workers precise directions to a bountiful supply of nectar or pollen. The honeybee uses its stinger as its method of defense. When a bee stings, it will result in his death. While he is trying to remove his stinger, the bottom of his body will tear off.

There is no present danger for the honeybee. In fact, it flourishes and has a very good economic value.