Where Do Honey Bees Live?

Photo: Sydney Oats / Flickr
Photo: Sydney Oats / Flickr

Honey bees live in a nest that is usually built within a hollow tree or hangs from a tree branch. This nest is called a hive, and each hive can house more than 80,000 bees.

Each hive is ruled by a queen bee. The queen of the hive is the largest bee and the only female. It is her job to mate with all the males, and once a male mates with the queen, he dies.

Other than mating, the queen does not do much inside or outside the hive. It is the worker bees’ job to care for the baby bees, make honey, gather and store pollen, clean the hive and make wax.