Honeybee Facts for Kids

Honeybee Facts for Kids

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  • Honey bees live in hives or colonies
  • 30,000-60,000 honey bees can live in one hive.
  • There are three different types of honey bees that live in a hive; the Queen bee, worker bees and drones.
  • Male honeybees are called drones
  • The drones only job is to mate with the queen bee so she can lay eggs.
  • After the drone fertilizes the queen bee, he dies
  • Drones never leave the hive
  • During the Winter, the female or worker bees kick the drones out of the hive and they die.
  • Drones cannot feed themselves, they are completely dependent on the worker bees for survival.
  • Female bees are called worker bees.
  • The worker bees do everything to keep the hive operating.
  • The worker bees bring pollen and nectar to the hive to feed the drones and queen bee.
  • They produce honey from the pollen and nectar.
  • The honey is used to feed all the bees in the colony
  • Worker bees store the honey is the honeycomb of the hive.
  • The worker bees must produce enough honey to feed the bees during the winter months.
  • The worker bees feed the drones
  • They also keep the correct temperature in the hive
  • The Queen bee’s only job is to lay eggs
  • Queen bees can lay 2,500 eggs per day.
  • The Queen bee can live up to 6 years.  All the other bees live only 6 weeks.
  • When the Queen dies the worker bees raise the new queen.
  • The worker bees choose a young larva or baby and feed it a special food called royal jelly.
  • Royal jelly is a substance that is made in the glands of honey bees.
  • The royal jelly gives the bee the ability to lay eggs.  Only the Queen bee can lay eggs.  The royal jelly also enables the Queen to live up to 6 years.
  • Only female bees have stingers.  The stingers are attached to their abdomen.
  • When a female honey bee stings, they die.  Since their stingers are attached to their abdomen, stinging causes their cuts to come out.
  • Honey bees are a very important part of our environment.  They pollinate the flowers, fruits and vegetables.
  • Pollination is when insects like bees, birds, bats and the wind bring pollen to flowering plants so they can make seeds and grow.
  • Honey bees live all over the world
  • They are about ½ inch long.
  • Honey bees have 5 eyes and 6 legs
  • They are a golden yellow color with brown stripes.
  • They can flap their wings 11,000 times per minute!  That’s where their buzzing sound comes from.
  • Predators include some birds, mammals and small insects.
  • Larger mammals such as bears have been known to destroy a hive and eat the honey inside.
  • Beekeepers raise bees to collect honey from the hive.
  • Beekeepers wear protective clothing when approaching a hive.  Never touch a beehive without protective clothing.
  • Beekeepers will smoke a hive to calm the bees and get the honey.

Bee Tip

  • If a bee is close to you, don’t yell and wave your arms.  Doing so will scare the bee and they bee may sting you. If a bee is close to you, that means she is investigating to see if you are a flower.  Instead of yelling blow a little air towards the bee, like you were blowing a kiss.  The bee will think it’s the wind and fly away.