Family: many different ones
There are about 20,000 different kinds of bees. There are
social bees and solitary
bees. Social bees live in groups called colonies with lots of
other bees. Solitary bees live alone.
Bees spend about ten months a year
just sitting in the ground as larvae and doing nothing. They
are only active about two months of the whole year--when they are
very young and when they are an adult.
The rest of
the year they are hibernating to get out of cold weather when
flowers don't grow or estivating to get away from very hot, dry
Bees are out when the
plants that they like are blooming. Bees that like maples will come
out in the spring when maples bloom. Bees that pollinate berries
will come out later than that. Bees that pollinate squash and gourds
will be even later because these plants bloom last.
Bees are in every part of the world. This is
because they can adapt easily to
the climate they are in.
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