Honey Bee Introduction
The Honey Bee is a small sized bee that inhabites quiet forests, jungles, meadows and gardens all over the world. There are only 7 recognized species of Honey Bee out of 20,000 different bee species found worldwide, but these individual species often contain their own subspecies.
There are 44 known subspecies of the 7 species of Honey Bee. The Honey Bee is primarily involved in the production of honey and is today found worldwide. The Honey Bee is thought to originate from the jungles of southeast Asia, where wild honey can still be found, and the Honey Bee eventually took up residence in numerous countries.
The Honey Bees build and inhabit a hive, run by their female queen Honey Bee who populates the hive. The honey collects nectar from flowers which it takes back to the hive to be turned into honey. At the height of the summer, over 40,000 honey bees can be found inhabiting just one hive.
Honey Bees communicate with each other through ‘dance language’, which consists of movements made by the Honey Bee’s tail. Honey Bees primarily use this form of communication to warm other bees of oncoming danger. The Honey Bee is a herbivorous animal and therefore lives purely on the nutrients from plants.
Honey Bees prefer to ingest the sweeter plant produce such as nectar, pollen, fruits and even honey. Due to their small size, Honey Bees have a number of predators in their natural environment. Birds, small mammals, reptiles and other insects are known to prey on the Honey Bee and larger mammals such as bears are notorious for destroying the hive of Honey Bees in order to eat the honey inside.
The is the one who lays the eggs. She lays her eggs in a round-shaped mound that she then seals with wax. When the baby bees (larvae) hatch they are forced to eat their way out of their sealed dome.
Honey Bees are known to play a valuable part in the ecosystem as around 1/3 of what humans eat is pollinated by bees. It is estimated that around 80% of the world’s crop species are dependent on pollination by bees to survive.
Keywords to learn
Inhabiting: To live in or occupy an environment.
Foraging: To search widely for food or provisions.
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Key Honey Bee Data:
- Lifespan:6 weeks.
- Scientific Name:Apis.
- Mass:10th of a gram.
- Length:5-15mm. (0.4-0.6in)
- Region found:worldwide.
- Population Status:Endangered.
- Current population trend:Endangered.
- Sexual maturity:12-15 days.
Known very well in popular culture the Honey Bee is a busy little bee and is important to the world for the pollination of plant life such as flowers that produce vital oxygen for humans to survive. While there are many different types of bee, the Honey Bee is endangered so its important that we as humans do everything we can to save them.
Now that you know more about the Honey Bee by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q& A corner on the bottom right side of the page.
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Honey Bee Fun Facts for Kids:
- # 1. Sadly, due to high pollution levels and habitat loss, the Honey Bee populations are rapidly declining with it being one of the few insects that is classed as being endangered and is therefore severely threatened with extinction. Human beings do not give bees the respect they deserve, as they are vital to the survival of plants which are in turn vital to the survival of humans.
- # 2. Honey Bees must gather pollen from 2 million flowers just to make one pound of honey. Which means that the Honey Bee would have to travel 90,000 miles (3 times around the globe) just to make one pound of honey but since the short lifespan of 6 week the average honey bee can only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its life.
- # 3. The bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has a remarkable capacity to learn and remember things. For example, it is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging techniques.
- # 4. Larger than the worker bees, the male Honey Bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.
- # 5. Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000-year-old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!
- # 1. How many recognized species of Honey Bees are there?
- # 2. How many Honey Bees can there be in a colony?
- # 3. What’s the average lifespan of a Honey Bee worker?
- # 4. How many flowers would a Honey Bee have to pollinate to make a pound of honey?
- # 5. How large is a bee’s brain and what shape is it?