"APICO is a game about breeding, collecting, and conserving bees!"
In the game you come across over 30 different species of bee - some naturally found in different Biomes, others can only be found by Cross-Breeding species together to form new ones under different conditions, as well as ones found through Bee Hotels!
Bees are split into two types - Social Bees that live and work in beehives, and Solitary Bees that live alone and can be found in hotels
Social Bees are bees that work in Beehives and Apiaries. They are discovered either naturally in beehives, or through Cross-Breeding different social bees to form new species.
All social bees produce honey, as well as other sorts of Special Produce when used to fill Frames
Solitary Bees are bees that live alone, and can only be found through Bee Hotels. They are attracted to hotels via different items and Flora, each species having it's own preferred set of items as well as preferred environment.
When using Habitats to attract specific solitary bee species, they will leave their own Special Produce when they finish visiting the habitat.
Visually in-game solitary bees are a lot "thinner" than social bees, and each have their own colour across the whole of their body (rather than just coloured markings like the social bees).
Tier 1 is made up of are all bees that can be found in the Forests.
Tier 2 is made up of social bees only found through Cross-Breeding Tier 1 bees together, as well as some bees found natively in the Swamps.
Tier 3 is made up of social bees only found through Cross-Breeding Tier 2 bees together, as well as some bees found natively in the Tundra.
Tier 4 is made up of social bees found through Cross-Breeding Tier 3 bees together, as well as a native bee found in the Hallows.
Tier 4 introduces social bees that have traits at the absolute limits (i.e. 1 and 7).
Tier 4 also introduces social bees that have special Area of Effects that will effect other bees, such as the Arctic Bee which acts as a Cooler.
Tier 5 contains special bees found as part of the story or through secrets.