|Copyright: David McGill (Canish)
|Date Taken: 2010-01-14|
|Camera: Fuji Finepix S5600|
|Exposure: f/3.2, 1/420 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-01-14 0:41|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Honey Bee. Apis mellifera.|
Sub Order. Apoccita.
Species Apis mellifera.
Honey Bees survive the winters by living as a colony
often throwing out the drones in winter if food is in short supply.
The Queen Bee is the only fertile female and she lays her eggs in the winter to ensure survival of the colony.She only leaves the hive to mate or to swarm.
Young honey bees forage for nectar from about 20 days old.
A hive can support between 40,000 and 80,000 bees.
Drones are male bees and do not collect nectar.
Honey bees collect the nectar and worker bees turn it into honey by digesting it,adding their enzymes, spreading it in the combs,then drying by fanning with their wings. This takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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