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Bees are Amazing!The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.They are insects with a scientific name – Apis mellifera.They have 6 legs, 2 eyes, and 2 wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.

Honey Production FactsThe honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man. The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.It takes about 556 workers to gather 1 pound of honey from about 2 million flowers.It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

HONEY BEES

The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

The Bee ColonyA colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live 6 to 8 weeks and do all the work.The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.The male honey bees are called drones, and they do no work at all, have no stinger, all they do is mating.Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members’ identification.Honey bees communicate with one another by “dancing”.During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.

What are honey bees?Honey bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax.Honey bees differ from wasps by having heavier hairier bodies. Honey bees also have sucking as well as chewing mouth parts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey.

The bee and the flower symbiotic relationshipBees fly from flower to flower gathering nectar, which they make into food, benefiting the bees. When they land in a flower, the bees get some pollen on their hairy bodies, and when they land in the next flower, some of the pollen from the first one rubs off, pollinating the plant. This benefits the plants. In this mutualistic relationship, the bees get to eat, and the flowering plants get to reproduce.

Have you ever been stung by a bee? Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but don’t leave the hive to help defend it.It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are required to be fatal.

Bees have been dying in remarkable numbers in the U.S. since 2005, greatly reducing the number available to pollinate fruits and vegetables.What is causing bees to disappear?

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Honey Bee Glogster by Ann WichmanBibliography Bee. (2013). In World Book Kids. Retrieved fromhttp://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/article?id=ar830250 Flower To Bee: Honey, Choose Me! (2013). NetTrekker Search. Youngzine. Retrieved fromhttp://www.youngzine.org/articleBee images retrieved from Google Images The Social Life of Bees. BeeSpotter. Retrieved from http://beespotter.mste.illinois.edu/topics/social/A Supermarket Without Bees (2013). NetTrekker Search. Youngzine. Retrieved fromhttp://www.youngzine.org/article


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