Honey bees are one of the most well known, popular and economically beneficial insects on the planet. For thousands of years, man has plundered honey bee colonies to get honey, bee larvae and beeswax. Now, honey bees are commonly kept in artificial hives throughout Europe, including Ireland. Although many people make a living from bees, most bee keepers are hobbyists, who have only a few hives and who simply enjoy working with these fascinating creatures.

Can you spot the Queen Bee?

Honey Bees are social insects. Bees are vegetarians; their protein comes from pollen and their carbohydrates comes from honey which they make from nectar.