Order Hymenoptera

  • Appearance  
    • Most species are black and yellow
    • Appear to have hairy bodies
  • Diet  
    • Nectar
    • Pollen
  • Habits  
    • Lives in colonies of 20,000 to 80,000
    • Harmless to humans unless provoked
  • Reproduction  
    • Only one egg-laying queen in a hive
    • Queen may live as long as five years and lay as many as 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day
    • Females are workers that protect eggs and the young
    • Males are drones; whose only duty is to mate with the queen, after which they die
  • Other Information  
    • Stings can be painful, but are harmless to most people
    • Dangerous allergic reactions can occur

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