The honey bees are typically the bee that comes to mind when people think of bees. Honey bees are very social insects that live in hives that can house up to 80,000 bees! The hive is run by the queen bee, who produces all the male drones and female workers in the hive. Like most bees, their main diet is nectar and pollen from flowers which plays an important role in pollination to flowers and crops.
Honey bees are much smaller than their fellow pollen collectors, the bumble bee. They have a slender, more wasp-like build which causes them to be mistaken for wasps often. Honey bees also have a clearer distinction between their head and abdomen which creates their well-known yellow and black “bee stripes.”
The honey bee is the official state insect of Wisconsin because of its important role in agriculture with pollination and the production of honey. Honey bees are the only species of bees that produce honey. Honey is produced when a bee ingests nectar, processes it, and then stores it in the comb within their hives.