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BEES ARE BUZZZZZZZZING

Have you ever heard the buzzing of a bee? Well, bees have been buzzing around the earth for millions of years. Bees are found in most parts of the world and are responsible for much of the food we eat. Bees provide an important service, they pollinate about one third of all the food in America. Some of the crops that honeybees visit to pollinate are apples, pears, cherries, plums, cucumbers and blueberries.

Honeybees, like the ones at Butterfly Wonderland, are called pollinators because they spend their life gathering pollen and taking it from one flower to another flower. Pollination is what flowers and other plants need to help them create seeds for new flowers and plants to grow.

Though bees are very small in size, compared to a person, bees have a big job to do in the environment in which we live. Along with being pollinators, honeybees have another “tasty” job. They make honey! Honey is very sweet and can be found in many of the foods we eat. The busy bees have to spend most of the day finding flowers and plants to drink up nectar and bring it back to the hive to make honey. Nectar is the liquid found inside of the flowers. Since honeybees have a good sense of taste, they can find the sweet nectar of plants and carry it home to the hive in their honey stomach. Scientists think it may take as many as 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. That is a lot of work for the honey bees.

BEES ARE INSECTS TOO

Bees, like other insects, have six legs and three main parts to their body. The three main parts are the head, thorax and abdomen. The brain is located in the head of the bee. The head also has two sensory antennae to help with smelling, tasting and touching. The antennae are used to figure out the size that the cells of the honeycomb need to be while they are being made.

DID YOU KNOW?

Bees also use their antennae to touch each other in the “bee dance.” The dancing is another way bees have of communicating with each other.

Bees have compound eyes made of many “repeating” eye parts. These eye parts allow the bee to see effectively in its search for food. Bees and humans do not see things the same way. Humans can see all of the colors of the rainbow while bees can see only about six colors and red is not one of them.

The mouth part of the bee has a tube-like tongue called a proboscis which is used to collect nectar from plants. The two jaws of the bee are called mandibles. Bees do have a sense of taste, and they can tell the difference between sweet, sour, bitter and salt. No wonder they love the sweet taste of nectar.

WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT?

Bees also have four wings which are very thin pieces of the bee’s skeleton. Each set of wings, the forewing and hind wing, is hooked together to support the bee in 3 flight. The wings on a bee move very fast creating the buzzing sound and allowing the bees to fly. Bees can fly about 15 miles per hour and may travel to around 50 to 100 flowers a day!

OUR HONEY BEES ARE HARD AT WORK

Click on the video below to watch our honey bees hard at work.

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