The wild bees are a constant source of interest, much more so than the hive bee, which is so extremely regular in its ways.
It is very sweet, like that of the hive bee, but a little darker in colour and much less in quantity.
There ought to be honey in the honeysuckle, but I have never seen the hive bee make any attempt to get it.
In consequence of this the swarming habits belong exclusively to the ants and hive bee.
Take it altogether, the hive bee appears comparatively free of parasites.
They can sting pretty severely, but I do not think they are so ready to use their defensive weapon as a wasp or hive bee is.
For recent controversy on parthenogenesis in the hive bee, see J. Prez, Ann.
The hive bee, the most communal in habit, shows the highest traits of intelligent activity.