Main photo by Rick Wetherbee. Inset photo by David Cavagnaro
A beekeeper lifts a honey super to inspect the hive.
Catching a wild swarm is the cheapest way to obtain your winged lifestock, if you know what you're doing.
Worker bees run the hive, feed and clean up after the queen, gather honey, pollen and water, keep the internal temperature of the hive constant, feed the larvae and build all the honey and brood comb.
Puffing smoke on a hive makes bees less aggressive.