Unless you're an entomologist or a beekeeper, bees typically inspire one thing: fear.
But most bees are non-aggressive, and only sting when provoked.
In fact, once you get beyond the stinger, bees are pretty fascinating.
Beehive construction begins with finding a suitable site.
Scout bees seek hollow spaces in trees and human-made structures.
Such spaces must be able to hold at least six and a half gallons, and have a small entrance that faces south for warmth.
Once they've found the perfect spot, the scouts prepare the site by clearing away loose wood or other rubbish and coat the space with a dried tree resin called propolis.
Worker bees then take over, secreting wax to build the hive.
Starting from the top and working down, they build combs-layers of hexagonally shaped cells with passage ways along the walls to allow bees to move between combs.