Every colony has a queen, thousands of female workers and a few hundred males called drones. The worker bees, who are all females are unable to lay eggs and so it is the queen bee who ensures the colony thrives by laying up to 2,000 eggs a day (it would take a chicken over 6 years to lay that many!). The worker bees are responsible for looking after the eggs, foraging for food and all the house work. The male bees just sit around eating honey and occassionaly leave the hive to mate with a virgin queen. The main draw back to being a male bee is that as soon as he has mated with a queen he dies.
There are lots of different species of bee, such as bumble bees, mason bees and carpenter bees. However, honeybees are the only ones which live in large colonies of up to 60,000 bees. The most commonly kept breed is called Apis Mellifera, meaning honey-carrying bee.
Bees in a box! A colony of bees on six frames is a good way to start.
You can transfer the frames straight into your beehaus
There's plenty of room in the beehaus for your colony to expand.
Your bees will quickly settle into their new home and start bringing fresh pollen and nectar back for the hive.
Bees are generally available from April through to September but you can pre-order them at any time. We will match your requirements with our list of locally available colonies and you can then pick your bees up when it's convenient for you.