|Official Name||Anglian Bee|
|Common Nicknames||Grain Bee|
|Habitat||Anywhere with flowering plants|
The Anglian Bee is known across the Regalian Archipelago as one of the most important animals to the Anglian ecosystem, despite being one of the smallest. The Anglian Bee, named after the place they are assumed to have originated from, are responsible for the pollination of the majority of the plants found in the Regalian Archipelago. Farmers in the region of Anglia often have great respect for these bees simply due to the fact that they allow the farmers to have a profitable crop, and without them much of the Regalian population would starve. Through Anglian migration, the Anglian Bee can be found in areas across the Archipelago and in pockets across the Regalian Empire. Their honey is said to be the sweetest in the world and the animal shows no sign of decreasing in numbers.
- 1 History
- 2 Physical Appearance
- 3 Mental Overview
- 4 Trivia
Scholars believe that the early success of the inhabitants of the Anglian region is due in part to the Anglian Bee. The Ailor that first moved to the area quickly domesticated the bee, and in turn, the bees assisted dramatically in the production of grain and foods of the early Regalian Kingdom, and later, the Regalian Empire. Within Anglia, the populations of the bees exploded seemingly overnight as a result of Ailor domestication. This population explosion also caused the plants in the region to be more easily pollinated which contributed to the birth of the "Grain Barn" of the Empire. Not long after the Regalian Empire was established, beekeeping was considered an integral part of Anglian culture, especially the keeping of Anglian Bees, as having a bee colony on a farm nearly guarantees the fertilization of the crops. The larger and more well-kept the colony is, the more likely the keepers are to have a good harvest. It has remained this way for years and with the spread of Anglians across the Regalian Empire to colonial regions, the animal has been seen by other cultures. A recent and concerning development for some is that the animal's spread to Daendroc has brought it into direct contact with the Common Sunstripe. Some hybrid bees have been noted in the area due to their aggression and there are worries about the threat this might pose to humans in the future. For now however, these reports are scattered and with the devastation across the world of late, the humble bee's role in growing plants will keep it at the forefront of agricultural minds for years to come.
The Anglian Bee is somewhat unique as it offers two very different looking subspecies, though they both remain classified as the Anglian Bee.
Domesticated Anglian Bee
Domesticated Anglian Bees are simply yellow and black striped bees, the model of what a typical bee looks like. They have no stinger, due to selective breeding of the insect by humans. Their wings are short, as they need them small to fit into the areas that have pollen in flowers and grain. They are only 1/3 of an inch in length, smaller than any of their cousins, though generally have the longest and thickest legs, since they were bred specifically to move pollen and create honey.
The Anglian-Daendroquin Bee is the product of an accidental spread of the Anglian Bee to the continent of Daen where it bred with the Common Sunstripes found there, producing aggressive offspring. These bees are orange in coloration with inch-long stingers that can retract back into their bodies. Other than their stingers, their other appendages are also longer than their cousins’. This subspecies does not hibernate as it does not appear to get cold enough on Daen for them to do so.
All species of the Anglian Bee have overwhelming female populations. The workers of the colonies are all infertile females birthed from a single queen. Fertile alates (both male and female) are produced once a year, during the springtime; to reproduce with other colonies of bees and ensure the lasting survival of the species. Males die shortly after the act of reproducing with the princess alate of their choice as their reproductive organs are brutally ripped from their bodies during this process.
Life Span and Development
All Anglian Bees begin with a single princess alate from a healthy hive going on an annual mating flight, known as a nuptial flight. This flight, regardless of sub-species, happens in late spring or early summer and can be identified by thousands upon thousands of bees swarming the air with the males fertilizing the females, turning them into queen bees. Once the new queen has been fertilized, she finds a place to nest and begins to produce worker bees, and eventually builds a hive. The queen sometimes loses the ability to fly during this process, whether losing a wing due to unfavorable conditions, or growing fat from her eggs. From there, all the eggs of a colony is produced by the single queen, which can live up to thirty years and produces upwards of a hundred thousand offspring in her lifetime.
The queen has the ability to make three different bees, all with differing roles in the hive. The most common type are the workers, infertile female bees that are responsible for maintaining the nest, hive, and bringing back food to the queen. These bees only live for approximately three months, but are constantly being produced by the queen over her lifespan. The other two have been mentioned frequently, the alates, or fertile male and females. Both alates start off as eggs which hatch into pupae. During this phase they are fed "royal jelly" which is a special mixture created by the other worker bees that allows them to grow into fertile bees with the ability to reproduce. Male drones only live for a few weeks at most, dying after the nuptial flight. Female princesses can into a queen bee once they mate, and start her own hive, living a maximum of thirty years if her colony maintains itself.
The two species of Anglian Bee are vastly different in temperaments ranging from almost entirely docile to aggression that attempts to swarm and kill anything that comes near its nest. Detailed below are the temperaments of these animals by species.
Domesticated Anglian Bee
This species of the Anglian Bee is by far the most docile. Most beekeepers are able to attend to these bees without even having to operate with special equipment simply due to the fact that the bees tend to cooperate with the wishes of the beekeepers. They are also considered to be the most intelligent species of the animal as they have been cultivated and developed by Ailor for several centuries and many generations.
This hybrid species of bee is argued to be the most aggressive as well, appearing to just fly around in swarms and attack things, even being rumored to be somewhat carnivorous in nature. They attack anything that they come upon and are considered a large danger in the forests and plains of Daendroc. If one stumbles upon the nest of these animals it is advised you get away from it as soon as you possibly can or risk being stung to death.
Territory and Groupings
All Anglian Bees live in colonies but operate differently, some patrol areas and others remain docile and hidden within their nests, the differing tendencies of these animals are listed below.
Domesticated Anglian Bee
These animals are not territorial, instead setting up shop wherever their human-made nest is located and simply remain there for the duration of their queen’s lifespan.
This subspecies attacks anything on sight that it views as a threat to flowers or the hive. It does not die once it stings its victim and is able to instead sting a prey several times whether it is alone or with a pack of bees.
- It is said that there is a Cielothar that was raised by the Anglian Bees and can speak their language.
- These bees are known to communicate through dancing and sometimes celebrations are held in Anglia called "Bee Balls" in honor of this.