There are many different kinds of bees and some are more friendly (and helpful) than others. Let's take a look at the common bees and wasps found in the US and see which ones are your friend, and which ones are your foe.
Beekeeping is becoming more popular. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that honey production increased to 19 percent between 2013 and 2014, with the average hive producing upwards of 65 pounds.1 With a little know-how, starting a hive is a sweet way to support pollinators and turn a hobby into delicious honey.
Description Bees! They’re great. As long as you don’t agitate them, they’re not out to get you. Only 7 species produce the honey humans use but the rest are important pollinators and deserve love too. Meanwhile, wasps may be jerks but they’re ecologically important jerks. Hoverflies are where I see most people get confused, but they are purely beneficial and harmless. Support Science Fact Friday on Patreon!
Beekeeping for Dummies was our very first beekeeping book. I can't even tell you how many are in our library now, yet this one is still a go-to book. This chart shows the daily development cycle of all three castes, from egg to adult.
Honey Bees Infographic art print by Gina Dsgn. Our art prints are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All art prints include a 1" white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.