Honey bees are very social insects and live in very large colonies. They are fairly docile and will generally only sting if they are being directly threatened or handled. Honey bees nest in tree cavities, attics, wall voids, underneath of decks, or in other spots that are up off of the ground. They rarely nest on the ground. Workers collect pollen and nectar from a large variety of flowers and flowering trees and store the pollen in their leg sacs until they return to the nest. Upon return, they use the nectar to create honey and use that and the pollen as a food source for the colony.
Beekeepers and many farmers build beekeeping boxes to encourage populations of bees. Most of the fruits and vegetables that people eat on a daily basis wouldn’t be here if honey bees did not pollinate them. Beekeepers also keep colonies of bees in order to produce and harvest a large amount of honey for human consumption.