Answered By: Connie Britton
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015     Views: 468

A simple definition of a bee colony is "an aggregate of worker bees, drones, and a queen living together in a hive or other dwelling as one social unit." (Sammataro and Avitabile, The Beekeeper' Handbook, 1998)  For more information about the roles of the various types of bees and the annual cycle of activities, see "The colony and its organization" from MAAREC (https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/honey-bee-biology/the-colony-and-its-organization/