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domesticated insect. The average length of worker bees in the hive is 12–13 mm. They are female and live for about six weeks, except for those born in late summer, which can live in the hive through the winter. The queen can grow up to 20 mm long and is the only bee in the hive that can reproduce. It can live for several years. The sole function of the drones, or male honey bees, is to mate with a queen from another colony, thus creating a new colony. Drones do not have a stinger and die after their mating flight.
In July, there are around 60,000–80,000 bees in the hive. The bee only stings when protecting its hive or when threatened and dies after stinging.
The world’s bee populations have been declining in recent decades. The decline of pollinators threatens both nature and humans, as 75% of crops need at least partial insect pollination. You can help bees yourself by planting pollinator-friendly plants in your garden, leaving your lawn unmown, building an insect hotel, not using toxic substances in your garden and guiding a bee that has wandered indoors out without harming it.