Honey bees live in nests throughout the world and can survive in almost every climate except for those that have frigid temperatures year round. The biogeographic regions where many bee species are found including honey bees are paleartic, nearactic, oriental, neotropical, australian and ethiopian.

The honey bee is known for its hives that are made out of honeycomb. These honeycomb hives can be harvested by bee keepers to provide honey for commercial purposes. The honey bee hive is run by a queen who lays the eggs and controls the hive. The honey bee queen is always the largest bee in the colony and is also the only female bee that is allowed to reproduce.