British Beekeepers Association


British Beekeepers Association

General Information

A quick overview of the wonderful world of the honey bee

A colony of honey bees is a superorganism! All the bees have to work together for the colony to survive, no one bee can survive by itself.

The colony has one queen (who lays all the eggs), and approximately 3,000 drones (males) and 50-60,000 female worker bees at the peak of summer. Remaining drones are killed in the autumn and the colony has about 5-7,000 workers to keep it 'ticking over' through the winter.

Honey bees collect pollen, nectar and water to feed themselves and their larvae. By doing so they pollinate fruit, flowers, vegetables and crops, which puts the food on our plate.

The extra honey they make is what we have on our toast in the morning!