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Worker bees forage for water, pollen and nectar within a four-to-five kilometre radius from their hive, pollinating plants on their way. Their life span is as short as six weeks in the active summer months, but can be up to four or five months in the quieter winter months. The bees visit about 10 flowers each minute and up to 600 flowers before returning to the hive to pass the nectar and pollen on to (generally) younger worker bees.


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