What kind of bees produce milk?

Many bees in the world produce honey, but what kind of bees produce milk? In this article, we’ll try to find out!

Bees are flying insects that are closely related to wasps and ants. There are over 20,000 bee species in the world, and they play an important role in the pollination of plants. Bees collect nectar from flowers and use it to make honey. Some bee species also produce milk.

How do bees produce milk?

Bees can produce milk through a process called ‘bee lactation’. This is when bees secrete a substance from their abdomens that looks and tastes like milk. The primary purpose of this milk is to feed the hive’s larvae. However, it can also be consumed by adult bees and humans.

Interestingly, bee milk is not milk. Actual milk is produced by mammals and contains high fat and protein levels. On the other hand, bee milk is mainly made up of water with small amounts of sugar, protein, and fat. Nevertheless, it is a nutritious food that people have enjoyed for centuries.

What types of bees can produce milk?

Bees are fascinating creatures that come in many different shapes and sizes. Some bees produce honey, while others produce wax. But did you know that there are also bees that produce milk?

Two types of bees produce milk: worker bees and queen bees. Worker bees are the ones who collect nectar and pollen from flowers to make honey. They also build honeycombs and care for the larvae. Queen bees lay eggs and are responsible for the growth and development of the hive.

The milk produced by these bees is used to feed the larvae. It is a high-protein food that helps the larvae grow and develop into healthy adult bees. The milk is also used to feed the queen bee, which allows her to stay healthy and productive.

If you’re interested in learning more about bees, check out our blog section! We have articles on topics from how to start a hive, what kind of plants attract bees, to recipes for homemade honey.

What are the benefits of drinking bee’s milk?

We all know that milk is an excellent source of calcium and other nutrients, but did you know that bee’s milk is even better for you? That’s right – bee’s milk is packed full of nutrients essential for good health, and it has some unique benefits that you won’t find in any other type of milk. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should start drinking bee’s milk today:

  • Bee’s milk is an excellent source of protein.
  • Bee’s milk contains all 20 amino acids, making it a complete protein source.
  • Bee’s milk is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C, and E.
  • Bee’s milk has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Bee’s milk can help to boost your immune system.
  • Bee’s milk has been shown to aid in the healing of wounds and burns.
  • Bee’s milk is easy to digest and is gentle on the stomach.
  • Bee’s milk is a natural energy drink – it can help increase your stamina and endurance levels.
  • Bee’s milk is said to be beneficial


Several different types of bees produce milk, but the most common is the honey bee. Honey bees can produce milk because they have a high level of lipase in their bodies, which helps them break down fats. Other types of bees that produce milk include bumblebees and stingless bees.

Jaco Stander

My name is Jaco Stander. I’m from Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a registered beekeeper with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development in South Africa. Registration number WC808. I live on a small holding where I keep my 16 beehives. Taking care of bees is a very rewarding feeling, contributing to keep our bee colonies growing and thriving, and as a bonus, enjoying that sweet pure raw honey!

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