The Wonderful World of Bees          
           

The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee lives in wild colonies or domesticated hives like this one.

The comb inside the hive is made of wax produced by the worker bee.

There are three kinds of bee:

Drone

Queen

Worker

 

 

The Drone’s main job is to fertilize the Queen.
He is larger than the worker bee but there a less of them in the hive.

The Queen is the largest of the three bees.
Her main job is to lay eggs.

The Worker bee does practically everything else in the hive.
She collects nectar, nurses young bees, defends the hive, cleans out the hive and makes wax cells.

Eggs to Bees

 The Queen lays each egg in a separate cell.

At the peak of her season, she lays one egg roughly every minute.  This is one of them.

After four days the eggs hatch into larvae - five days later they are fully grown.

 

Some workers act as ‘nurse bees’ and
feed the larvae.

The Worker Bee

     

Workers build and look after the comb face and supply food for the colony.

They also guard against intruders at
the hive entrance

They collect nectar and pollen from the flowers.

Worker bees carry nectar in their stomachs and pollen in ‘baskets’ on their hind legs.

The bees convert the nectar into honey - which, like pollen, is stored in cells.

Bees pass on information about food sources through a ‘dance language’ - the Round Dance.

The Waggle Dance - a figure of eight relative to the sun indicates how far away the food is.

When the old hive becomes too crowded, some bees leave to set up a new one - swarming in a nearby tree until they find a suitable place.

Altogether, there are more than 20,000 different species of bee in the world - but few can match the life-style and industry of the remarkable HoneyBee.