Growing Futures

Structure of a colony

Bees to combat varroa

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Structure of a colony

Each colony has only one queen and several male drones that mate with queens to produce the colony. Most of the colony is made up of female worker bees, who build, maintain and defend the hive, as well as collect nectar to make honey and find pollen to feed the young bees. The hexagonal cells that make up the honeycomb are used to store food (honey and pollen) and to house the young bees, or brood, as they develop.