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Bees

Bees are one of the most important beneficial insects in the world. The value of their honey production and pollination of crop plants is measured in billions of dollars annually in North America. 

There are two common types of bees found in Grande Prairie: Bee

Honeybees

Honeybees (Apis mellifera)  are the typical bees you see working in your yard and garden. They collect both pollen and nectar, converting the nectar into honey to feed the hive over winter and using pollen as a protein source. 

  

 

Bumblebee

 

 

Bumblebees

Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) are large fuzzy bees that almost look too big and clumsy to fly. Their colonies only last a single season, so they are much smaller than honeybee colonies, perhaps only 50 individuals. These bees are specially adapted to live in northern regions.

 

 

Last updated: 9/16/2013 8:56:04 AM