Honeybees are social insects that live in hives. A hive is a house, a place where bees live. It is a structure, in nature or man-made, that a colony calls home. The colony is the family unit consisting of a mother bee (Queen), together with lots of daughters (worker bees) and for a few months of the year – sons (drones). Bees undergo complete metamorphosis. The queen lays an egg in a cell in the wax comb (all the immature bees are called the brood). The egg hatches into a worm-like larva, which eventually pupates into an adult bee. Every bee has a job to do: The cleaners use their antennae to help the clean the cells. The nurse bees feed the young larva a mixture of honey and pollen and make royal jelly. Builders make the honeycomb cells. The attendant cleans and feeds the queen. The packers store the pollen. Guard bees look out for any intruders and sting them. Scouts look for nectar.

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