There are over 20,000 known species of bees worldwide. Bees are one of the most helpful creatures even though many see them as being pests.
The species, Apis mellifera, also known as the Africanised honeybee populates Trinidad and Tobago. Their lifecycle consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The Queen Bee is responsible for laying the eggs, the drone bees (male bees) are responsible for mating with the queen, and the worker bees (female bees) perform all the labour in the hive such as cleaning, feeding the brood and taking care of the Queen.
Bees are very important in agriculture. They produce honey and all the other by-products that can be derived from the honeycomb such as beeswax, royal jelly, propolis [bee glue] and many more.