foraging worker bees fly from their hives to gather nectar from flowers and other blooming vegetation. Nectar is a liquid full of sugar which attracts pollinating insects like bees. Honey bees have a flight range of about 5 kilometers
once nectar is collected the bees bring it back to their hive. The bees use mind maps and recognise landmarks to find their way back to the hive.
oops! that’s a hornets nest!
TAKE THE NECTAR HOME
WHICH IS THE RIGHT HIVE?
Now the nectar is chewed up and deposited into honey comb wax cells. the honey is still wet and not the texture of honey that you would recognise.
DRAG THE BEE OVER THE CELL TO DEPOSIT THE NECTAR
newly hatched worker bees ‘fan’their wings over the nectar, causing the liquid inside the cellls to slowly dry out. this makes the liquid into a thick honey.
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The Queen bee is mother to all bees in the hive. The other bees in the colony will protect the queen with thier lives
THE QUEEN BEE
WHICH BEE IS THIS?
The three basic body parts of the honey bee are the head, abdomen and thorax. They have two pairs of wings and three pairs of legs
avocadoes apples and cherries are over 90% dependant on bee pollination
bees polinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops
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worker bees are female and leave the hive to collect nectar, defend the hive, look after the larvae and build the honey comb
MORE BEE FACTS
Drone bees are male and stay in the hive. Drone bees do not have a stinger and they don’t gather nectar. Thier only role is to mate with the queen bee
CLICK THE RIGHT SIZE SEAL TO CAP THE WAX CELL
once the honey is ready, the bees cap and seal the cell to keep it clean. Bees store the honey and use it as their main food/energy source in winter.