Bees have been around for quite some time. They make honey, buzz around, and sometimes annoy people.
But have you ever wondered about what a bee is? Have you ever wondered the purpose of bees?
Take a virtual journey through this site to learn about the bee world.
The life cycle of a Bee
There are four stages in the life of a bee. They are:
- Egg: The 1st stage in a bee’s life. The egg stage generally takes place during the first three days.
- Larva: The egg hatches into a larva after three days. It’s fed bee milk and bread. The larva then spins a
cocoon around itself. This stage takes place during days 4-9.
- Pupa: While in the cocoon, the larva transforms into a pupa. It now has eyes, legs and wings, looking more like a bee.
Depending on what type of bee it will become, this stage takes place between days 10 and 23.
- Adult: The final stage in a bee’s complete metamorphosis. The bee is now full grown, and chews its way out of the
cell it’s been in since day 1. This stage happens between days 16 and 24, depending on what kind of bee it is.This picture shows the life cycle.
I hope this clears thing up.
Honey! I’m Home!
Honey is sweet, sticky and very tasty. People put in hair care products, in their tea, or, if you’re like me, on
biscuits. Yes, honey is a very big part in the lives of humans. But how do bees make that honey?
As most people know, honey starts out as nectar that bees get from a flower. The bee then uses an enzyme it produces
to turn the nectar into glucose and fructose. Then, after returning to the hive, the bee secretes wax and molds it
into thousands of cells.
Bees then add chemicals found on their head to the nectar, changing the nectar sugars into honey sugars. The droplets
are then spread out and fanned by the wings of the bees. Most of the water dries up and, Voila! You’ve got honey!
Facts about bees that will sting you!
There are scientists who study bees, but for those of you who aren’t one of those, here are some facts that
you’ll be “stung” to find out!
- The first thing is that most bees die after stinging someone, with the exception of the queen bee, who can sting several times without dying! How neat is that?
- In hives where there is no queen, worker bees can give birth.
- A bee has five eyes: 2 compound and 3 simple.
- In flight, a bee’s wings can beat at up to 180 times a second! Try doing that sometime!
- It’s more common to be stung by a wasp than a bee.
- A single bee hive can be home to between 20,000 and 60,000 bees! Talk about a full house!
- A queen bee can live up to two years, while workers generally live a few weeks.
- Queens start in eggs just like every other bee. However, the queen is more heavily fed “royal jelly” than
the other eggs.
- There are three kinds of bees: A queen bee, a worker bee and a drone.
- Drones are the males in the hive. Their only purpose is to mate with the queen. They die shortly after mating and have no stingers.
- Worker bees are the females that go out and bring back nectar to make honey.
- The queen is the one who lays most of the eggs; up to 2,000 a day!
- Yes, bees are very busy, and very useful. The Bible even likens people to bees when it says: “They surrounded me like bees, they were extinguished like a fire of thorn bushes. It was in the name of Jehovah that I kept holding them off.”(Psalms 118:12)