* Body thick, marked with yellow and brown.
* Eyes hairy.
* Body length: 1/2-1".
* Habitat: Manmade beehives or hollow trees.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Behavior: Honeybees emit a characteristic buzz and feed on the nectar
of flowers such as clover and apple blossoms.
Their social order is rigid and effective; each hive has a queen, who
lays eggs and is the largest bee, workers, the most abundant members
of the colony who harvest nectar, and drones, who serve the queen.
* Honeybees are extremely valuable insects whose honey and beeswax provide
the livelihood for thousands of people. Orchard owners often introduce
bees to their orchards, because the insects increase the clover and
fruit tree seed yield and therefore the orchard's productivity.
* Honeybees have also been celebrated throughout history. Drawings
dating from 6,000 years ago in the Cave of the Spiders near Valencia,
Spain, show honey hunts. To ancient Moslem and Indo-Malaysian
cultures, and the Buriat tribe of Siberia, the soul is symbolized
by a bee. In certain African tribes the bee is also a symbolic
token; membership in a tribe confers the ability and power of
a person to control bees. And Napoleon adopted the bee as his
emblem - it can be see decorating all royal garments and products
of his era.
* Honeybees communicate through a language of dance, sound,
and smell. A worker returning to a hive can tell the others about
a new place to gather nectar; through a dance, he indicates the
direction of the place and its distance from the hive. By smelling
him, the other bees can determine the type of flower.