British bees

In the UK there are around 250 species of bee and most of them are solitary bees living on their own, building their own nests to lay eggs in and then dying. Bumble bees and honey bees are different and live in colonies; though bumble bees live in small colonies, often under ground, which die out after a season with the exception of the Queen who hibernates until Spring when she starts a new colony from scratch. There are 24 species of Bumble bee, but only one of the Honey bee.  Honey bees make and store honey with the sole purpose of keeping their colony going through Winter which is what makes them the only species of bee that we can farm. For Honey Bees the survival of the colony from year to year is their only reason to 'bee'.

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