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Meet the Housekeeping Bee!

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Meet the Housekeeping Bee!

Housekeeping duties are one of the first jobs that young honeybees are assigned. Housekeeping Bees clean up used cells that have been emptied, such as brood cells in the nursery that babies bees have hatched out of and storage cells that have stored bee pollen (bee bread) or honey, which have been emptied to feed the population, Housekeeping duties are very important for the hive, because they keep the hive environment clean and sterile. It is also very important to keep the used honeycomb cells ready for re-use for whatever purpose the bees might need them for. After a bee is a housekeeping bee for a certain period of time, they usually move on to another job, such as honey and pollen collecting.