Bees, together with other pollinators, are indispensable for the correct functioning of the ecosystem. If these species are threatened by the harmful actions of man, the whole ecosystem is gravely affected: the physicist Albert Einstein said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live”.
The worker bees are the foundations of the colony, carrying out many jobs which change throughout the course of their lives, such as being babysitters, guards, builders and food collectors, tasks to which they devote themselves with determination and generosity.
They are specialists in exploring the land that surrounds the hive over several kilometres; when they detect food, they inform the rest of the workers so that they too can find the place; they assess its quality and begin a series of circular dances indicating its location.
The bee lands on the flower and searches out the nectar, which it sucks up, keeps in its abdomen and carries to the hive, combining it with its own specific substances, which it stores and allows to mature in the combs of the hive; it extracts the water content and closes the cell with a wax cap to conserve it better. Now it has the honey which it will use as an energy source to maintain warmth in the cold season, when the cluster of bees shiver together to maintain the internal temperature of the hive. The worker is also responsible for collecting the pollen used to feed the brood of bees and for making royal jelly and propolis.
The queen is the mother of the whole colony, able to lay several thousand eggs a day, according to the availability of food and the environmental conditions.
The drone is the male responsible for fertilising the queen, warming the nest and collaborating in the various tasks within the colony.