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The European Honey Bee

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Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild.

All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. A hive's inhabitants are generally divided into three types.

The Bumble Bee

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Bumblebees are large, fuzzy insects with short, stubby wings. They are larger than honeybees, but they don't produce as much honey. However, they are very important pollinators. Without them, food wouldn't grow.

Two-thirds of the world's crop species depend on animals to transfer pollen between male and female flower parts

The Carpenter Bee

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Carpenter bees prefer unpainted, weathered wood, especially softer varieties such as redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. Painted or pressure-treated wood is much less susceptible to attack. Common carpenter bee nesting sites include eaves, rafters, fascia boards, siding, wooden shake roofs, decks and outdoor furniture. 

attack of the killer bees

Also called killer bees -- are descendants of southern African bees imported in 1956 by Brazilian scientists attempting to breed a honey bee better adapted to the South American tropics.

they began breeding with local Brazilian honey bees, quickly multiplying and extending their range throughout South and began invading North America.

Africanized bees acquired the name killer bees because they will viciously attack people and animals, often resulting in serious injury or death.