Deep inside the Beehive lives numerous bees. Some come in swarms, while others fly solo. With the characteristic of fiercely stinging threats and enemies, all bees tend to get clumped together into the same colony. However, all bees are not the same. The only thing all bees have in common is that the Queen Bee keeps them buzzing. This is a guide to classify the unique qualities of colonies from all the bees in the Beehive.
The Queen Bee
Without the Queen Bee, there wouldn’t be a Beehive. The Queen Bee works day and night all year round (with the exception of elongated six-month breaks) to provide honey for all her bees. Her hard work pays off to produce perfection in everything that she does. With excellence comes negativity from wasps in other hives. The Queen Bee stings these wasps by working harder and producing even more sweet honey. Although her way of stinging is not direct, it is extremely powerful. The Queen Bee is a force not to be reckoned with by any other creature.
The honeybees are the calm bunch of the Beehive. These bees try to remain drama free throughout all seasons. They usually keep to themselves whenever a wasp tries to sting the Queen Bee. Receiving their name “honeybee” for being sweet like honey, honeybees allow the Queen Bee to sting through her work rather than using their own stingers. Although their defense mechanisms are not hyper active, they support the Queen Bee in everything that she does. Honeybees balance the hectic Beehive by trying to ease peace among the bees.
The Bumble Bees
Bumble Bees are similar to honeybees in behavior. They are quite happy-go-lucky. However, they do have events when they will sting. Usually it takes a violent wasp or pesky critter—who attempts to sting the Queen Bee—to trigger the bumble bees to sting.
The Digger Bees
Digger bees are hard working bees, as they dig high and low for pollen on the Queen Bee. Digger bees are quite wise, as they could state any statistic or fact about the Queen Bee from the pollen. They are also good at finding new pollen through any season. This pollen keeps the Beehive circulating. Whenever there is a lack of pollen, the Beehive goes insane. Digger bees only sting when a wasp tries to discredit the pollen. Their strategy of stinging includes presenting loads of pollen about the Queen Bee at a time.
The Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets are NOT real bees at all. In fact, these insects are seasonal. Whenever the Queen Bee releases new honey, the yellow jackets will quickly throw their “bee jacket” on and sneak into the Beehive to enjoy her honey for the festive season. However, when the season is over, these insects will throw away the jacket for the Queen Bee and slip on another jacket, buzzing for the next current hottest critter. These insects sting whenever they are put on the spot about their jumpy behavior. Although they sting, it isn’t painful. No sting is painful if it’s not from a true bee.
Hornets are biologically not bees in nature, but in the Queen Bees’ Beehive, they slightly qualify as a bee. Although hornets have the ability to be bees, they are a bit dysfunctional and a pest to the Beehive. These insects always want something from the Queen Bee. They are “horny” for her do something new and different. All bees experience this feeling once and a while, but they move on from their desires. Hornets however, will not stop buzzing about what they want. They complain too much. These are the type of bees that are easy to be stung within the Beehive. Once they are stung, they will try to sting back, but their stinger is weak because it is not nourished with appreciation of all that the Queen Bee does.
The Killer Bees
Beware of the Killer Bees! These bees are HIGHLY dangerous. Without a care in the world, killer bees will sting any wasp, critter, or even their own fellow bees in the Beehive. These bees are extremely defensive. They don’t have to be threatened to sting; sometimes, defending the Queen Bee doesn’t even have to be the purpose for them to sting. There are no limits. A slick move can trigger these bees to go off. Although they support the Queen Bee, they focus all their energy on stinging. Some wasps and critters are not worth using stingers on, but the killer bees will continue to sting.
As you can see, each colony of bees in the Beehive behaves different in their own special way. All bees are not the same! The only thing that keeps the Beehive together is the Queen Bee. When it’s all said and done, all bees, wasps, and critters enjoy the sweet, sticky honey the Queen Bee produces that keeps them buzzing.