A little honey bee (Apis mellifera
) foraging for sweets on a sunny, breezy day. From Wikipedia: "For the first ten days of their lives, the female worker bees clean the hive and feed the larvae. After this, they begin building comb cells. On days 16 through 20, a worker receives nectar and pollen from older workers and stores it. After the 20th day, a worker leaves the hive and spends the remainder of its life as a forager. The population of a healthy hive in mid-summer can average between 40,000 and 80,000 bees." It's nice the old bees get to go outside and enjoy their golden retirement days in the sunshine and flowers!