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The three types of bees in a hive are classified according to their function: the queen, the drones and the workers.
castes worker drone queen

worker click to hear

Sterile female who does various tasks, such as searching for food, building cells and defending the colony.

drone click to hear

Stingless male bee; its only function is to reproduce.

queen click to hear

The only reproductive female in the colony, whose sole function is to lay eggs; it is fertilized by five to 10 drones.