About Bees

Take a look at the links below for lots of information about bees.

This site contains information about bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees specifically, including information about life cycles, gardening for bees, conservation issues,  as well as various articles and snippets of general 'bee information' which will hopefully answer some of your questions, such as 'do bees sleep?' and 'how far do bees fly?'. 

However, if the links below do not provide what you are looking for, please try the search bar, or check the navigation bar (left).

What do bees eat?
Bees eat nectar and pollen, but there are some interesting exceptions

Do bees sleep?
If so, how do we know?

Why Do Bees Buzz?
Ever wondered why bees buzz, or how they make that buzzing sound? Find out more here about how these wonderful insects make one of our favourite sounds of summer.

How do bees differ?
Are bees more or less the same? Information about bees focusing on some of the key differences between bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees.

How long do bees live?
This is a question I am often asked during my talks. Different bees have different lifespans. Discover more here.

Bee Facts
Check out these general fun, quick bee facts.

Found a bee?
Have you found a poor, wet and bedraggled bee, and are you wanting to help it? Perhaps you've found a little bumblebee with mites on its back? Here's what to do.

Bee life cycle
Find out about the different life cycles of bees.

Bee nests
Different species of bees nest in different places. Here is a useful Q&A about bee nests.

Types Of Bees
Learn more about the different types of bees here, including an introduction to the bee families.

How Far Do Bees Fly?
What is the foraging range of bees?  How far will they fly to gather nectar and pollen, and thus pollinate our food crops.

Bee Pollination
Bees are extremely important pollinators.  Estimations vary, but it is often quoted that bees pollinate a third of the food we eat.  Bees pollinate in different ways: for example, some collect pollen on their legs, others on their abdomens.

Bee ID Charts
Download free bee ID charts here, to help you identify different species of bees.

Why Do Bees Need Nectar And Pollen?
Nature is not wasteful. An explanation of how bees use nectar and pollen.

Information about how and why bees make wax. Did you know that bumblebees make wax too?

About Bumblebees
Links to lots of information about the bee genus Bombus.

About Honey Bees
Links to lots of information about Apis mellifera.

About Solitary Bees
Links to lots of information about the some of the more common solitary bee species.

Attracting Bees
Some general advice about gardening for bees to help and attract these wonderful pollinators.

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Create A Bee Garden

From lawns, to bee houses and flower shapes, turn your garden into bee heaven!

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Wacky Fact!

Did You Know?

Male honey bees (drones) have no father, but they do have a grandfather!

Does that sound impossible?

Read more about Drones!


How many times per second can a bumblebee beat it's wings?

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Do bees sleep?
Apparently they do, but how do we know?


Why do bumblebee fly into windows?