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DAVID C. COOK PUBLISHING CO., C/O ELGIN, NEW YORK BOSTON
A busy bee is an idiom that refers to a person who is active or busy.
In a bee colony there are three castes: the queen bee, worker bees and drone bees. There is only one queen bee per colony. You can tell which bee the queen bee is due to her being larger than the rest of the colony. Her main role is reproduction which she can produce for two to three years and have a max life of five years. Worker bees are the ones who we see out in the world. They collect food, build the nest, clean cells, guard the hive, build wax and are the smallest. In the summer they live up to six weeks and 6 months in the fall. Drone bees help fertilize the queen bee. Drones live a short life. They fully mature after a week, proceed to mate and then die.