All Bees Live in Hives: Myth
From growing up reading children’s books and watching cartoons depict fluffy, friendly bees, it’s become a common belief that they make their homes in hives. While this is true to a certain extent, is that the only place these furry flyers reside? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake.
When the thought of bees comes to mind, the honeybee and the hives they make for their homes is the one most common. There are, however, around 25,000 different species of bees, and to further break down their categorization, each fall into one of two sets – social and solitary. Social bees, being the bumblebees and honeybees we’re accustomed to, live in colonies of various sizes and only comprise about ten percent of the bee population. The other ninety percent are solitary bees and live by their lonesome.
When it comes to terminology, hives and nests are often used interchangeably to describe a bee’s home – but they are entirely different. While hives can be either human-made or bee-made, nests occur naturally in the environment, and many different species make their home out of them. For example, carpenter and mining bees make their nests by burrowing into wooden holes and the ground, mason bees take up residence in small crevices, and leafcutter bees live in hollows of plant stems.
Whether social or solitary, many different bee species live in more than just hives.
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“11 Things People Believe About Bees That Aren’t True” Noble Research Institute
“Differences Between Bees’ Nests & Hives” Pets on Mom.me