- Easier - Bees are
four-winged, flower-feeding insects. They have
enlarged hind feet, branched or feathered body
hairs, and generally a stinger. Honeybees and
bumblebees are the most common. Bumblebees are
larger and stronger than honeybees. Bees are
beneficial insects because they produce honey and
- The honeybee is very popular. It has been
adopted by at least sixteen states as the state
- Harder - Honeybees
(or hive bees) are in the animalia kingdom, the
arthropoda phylum, the insecta class, the
hymenoptera order and the apoidea family.
Beekeepers are sometimes called apiarists.
Honeybees and bumblebees (apidae subfamily) are
social bees and live in colonies. Solitary bees
make their own small family nests.
- There are 10,0000 - 20,000 species of bee
including many wasplike and flylike bees. Most bees
are small from 2 mm (.08 inches) long to 4 cm (1.6
inches) long. Bees and wasps are closely related.
The main difference is that bees provide their
young with pollen and honey, while wasps eat animal
food, insects, or spiders. In addition, wasps have
- Honeybees live in hives or colonies. A small
hive contains about 20,000 bees, while some larger
hives may have over 100,000 bees. Hives include one
queen, hundreds of drones, and thousands of worker
bees. The worker bees are female, but they do not
breed. The queen bee is female and creates all the
babies for the hive. The drone bees are male and do
not have stingers.
- Bees communicate with each other about food
sources using dances. The sounds from the movement
of the bees is picked up by the tiny hairs on the
bee's head. Bees use the sun in navigation.
- The honeybee's hive has cells made of wax. This
is where the queen bee lays her eggs. She can lay
1500 eggs in one day. When the larvae hatch, they
are fed by the worker bees. The workers collect
pollen and nectar from flowers. The pollen is used
as a protein source and the nectar is an energy
source. Some of the pollen lands on the pistils of
the flower and results in cross-pollination. This
is important for some crops and flowers. The
relationship between the plant and the insect is
- Bees turn the nectar into honey. Workers must
visit over four thousand flowers to make just a
tablespoon of honey. Beekeepers must be very
careful when they remove honey from the hive. They
try not to hurt the bees. The beekeepers give sugar
syrup to the bees to replace the honey that they
- The "killer bee" is actually a type of African
honeybee. In 1957, it was accidentally released in
Brazil during a science experiment. It began to
move north and reached Mexico in the 1980s. It can
now be found in the southwestern US. These bees
react very quickly, attack in large numbers, and
swarm for long periods of time.
- This website has information about honey bees
and beekeeping. You can find lots of factual
information about bees and beekeeping, particular
types of bees, bees in different seasons,
pollination, and information about life in the
hive. It also contains games and other
- Explore information about bees and honey
including honey composition and recipes, how to
catch a hive, picture of honey bees, honey bee
disease, products and health, and links to other
resources. The pictures of bees page contains nice
descriptions and pictures of bees.
- Other General Bee Sites:
- 2) Carl Hayden Bee Research Center http://gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/
- 3) Of Bees, Beekeepers, and Food: A Primer
About Pollinators http://member.aol.com/queenbjan/primbees.htm
Fun and Facts for Kids
- Honey.com discusses bees and honey. The kid's
section focus on honey bee facts, why do bees make
honey, honey trivia, honey history, honey glossary,
recipes, games, pollination, and ideas for
- Similar Honey Websites:
- 2) All About Honey http://www.draperbee.com/info/honey.htm
- 3) Billy Bee Honey Products - Information
- 4) See Bee Honey http://www.suebee.com/
- 5) Capilano Honey Limited http://www.capilano.com.au/honey/index.cfm
Tales from the Hive
- This website was designed for use with the PBS
special: Tales from the Hive. It contains sections
on the anatomy of a hive, the buzz about bees,
dances with bees, and the making of the bee video.
Learn lots of bee facts as well as conducting bee
- Related PBS Websites:
- 2) NATURE: Alien Empire (all ages) http://www.wnet.org/nature/alienempire/multimedia/bee.html
- Using the websites, complete the
- Trace the History of Honey.
Story of Honey. What do you think is
the most interesting thing about the
history of honey? Create a honey timeline.
Take the honey
- Busy as a Bee. You've probably
heard people say that they're "busy as a
bee." What does this mean? This comparison
of two unlike things is called a simile.
It generally uses a comparison word such
as "like" or "as". Write and illustrate
your own simile.
- Be a Bee. Learn about life
inside a hive at the Anatomy
of a Hive and Enter
the Hive (animation - great for all
ages) page. Write a story about a day in a
hive. Include information
about the jobs in the colony and what's
happening in the hive. Use a picture from
of Bees or the Bumblebee
- Build a Bee. Explore the
of a bee, honey
bee biology, and honey
bee printout, then create your own
picture and label the parts. Or, build a
bee out of clay, pipe cleaners, paper
rolls, cardboard, or other materials.
- Check out the Bee Cam. Maybe
you can't visit a real beekeeper, but you
can do a virtual bee visit! Go to the
Alert site and check out the bee
cam. Check out the graphs of the day's
activities and the weather. You can also
check out Draper's
- Defend a Bee. Some people love
bees and others think they are a pest.
Read the article Gardening
for Native Bees in North America and
Garden. Create a poster that
demonstrates the importance of bees.
Include some of the favorite flowers of
- Create a Pollination Project.
Check out the bee
pollination map to see some of the
fruits and vegetables pollinated by bees
in the U.S. Read a simple page on
Go to the The
Birds and Bees: Pollination Exhibit,
Munchers page and choose a bee photo.
Write about the process of pollination
using the photo as an example. What
happened before the photo and what will
happen after the photo? Why?
- Trace the Process. Read about
Bees Make Beeswax. Create a poster
showing the process from bee to
candlemaking. Or, trace honey from flower
- Create a Tessellation. A honey
comb looks like a tessellation. Go to the
Tessellation page to learn more about
tessellation. Look for other tessellations
in nature or create your own picture using
KidPix or another computer graphics
- Make a Decision: Fear or Fantasy?
You've probably heard about the
africanized honey bees or "killer
bees". Go to the Ag
News page and read more about them.
Are these really a threat to people in the
US? Trace the evolution and movement of
these bees on a map. Use Africanized
Bees in the US, Attack
of the Killer Bees, Africanized
Honey Bees, and Battle
of the Bees for ideas.
- Identify Honey Elements. What's
of honey? Read about the honey and
choose one of it's elements to explore.
Create a pie chart showing the composition
- Create a BeeKeeper Journal.
Learn about a beekeeper's
year. Write about the events that
might take place in one season.
- Use Honey in a Recipe. When
cooking with honey instead of sugar, you
need to know how much to use. Read about
with honey. Then, choose a recipe and
rewrite it using honey instead of
- Try Bee Games. Check out the
Alert kids section with jokes, trivia,
coloring pages, and games. Try some
and honey games.
- Create Bee Trivia. Explore some
bee trivia and basic facts sites such as
the Bee Trivia, Buzz
about Bees, Bees,
and Fun for Kids, FAQs,
Bee Honey, Sue
Bee Encyclobeedia, Bees,
Website. Create a bee trivia
- Create a Bee Dance. Explore the
with the Bees page or the What's
the Buzz all About page to learn about
how bees communicate through dance. Try
dance game. Create your own "human"
dances as a form of communication.
- Do a Bee Project. Pick a
science project related to bees. Check out
School Project page.
- Try a Honey Recipe. Try a
recipe for kids or a honey
recipe for adults.
- Create a Skit. Read the
basics to learn about the function of
the queen, drone, and worker bees. Create
a short skit that shows the job of each
- Write a Song. Read Hey!
A Bee Bit Me! to learn what to do if
you get stung by a bee. Then, read about
what you should do if you get stung and
how to avoid getting stung. Write a short
song about getting stung by a bee or
avoiding a sting. Go to Stings,
and Wasps to learn more about bee
- Ask a Beekeeper. Brainstorm
questions for a beekeeper. Use the
an Expert Page. There are thousands of
beekeepers online. Use the beekeeper list
to find one from another
- Simulate Bee Populations. Try
simulation to study how honey bee
population dynamics depends on the
Simulate Rainforest Life. Try
of Venom simulation. It's an online
mystery about the rainforest and "killer
- Try a Treasure Hunt. Try an
Treasure Hunt on Beekeeping .
- Complete a Bee WebQuest.
Explore one of the webquests below:
- 1) A Pollination Adventure (Grade 4)
- 2) Bee a Pollinator (elementary)
- 3) Bee on a Quest (Kindergarten)
- 4) Buzz About Bees (elementary)
- 5) Making a Mascot http://www.aacps.org/aacps/boe/INSTR/CURR/comed/MTAwebquest/MascotWebQuest/mascotquest.htm
- 6) Parts of the Bee (Grade 2)
- 7) Save the Honey Bees (Grade 3-5)
- Websites By Kids For Kids
- This student web page talks about bees and
A Look Inside
- This excellent Thinkquest project created by
high school students provides information about bee
history, the environment, bee benefits, and bee
farming. It also contains a quiz and forum for
- This page is part of a ThinkQuest project. The
page provides text and graphics related to bees and
to Our Bee Page
- This page was created by students and contains
information about bees and bee related information.
Explore the history page to find out about the
earliest bees, visit the life cycle page, find out
about killer bees, learn about the different types
of bees, and find out how bees are involved with
- Additional Websites About Bees
'Killer Bees' Index Page
- This page provides lots of information about
africanized bees including information, timelines,
maps, and links.
- Links to Related Website:
- 2) Attack of the Killer Bees http://www.desertusa.com/mag98/sep/stories/kbees.html
- Africanized Honey Bees
- This website discusses the identification,
habitat, economics, stings, and frequently asked
questions about the africanized honey bee. You can
even "ask a beekeeper" your questions about
africanized honey bees.
The World through the Eyes of Bees
- This website was developed to help you see what
life would look like through the eyes of a
Alert: Kid's Section
- This page contains bee jokes, trivia, beekeeper
information, coloring pages, kid's links, and bee
- This website provides the basic information you
need for creating your own beekeeping project. It
includes information about how to get started, bee
management, beekeeping equipment, nectar/pollen
producing plants, and links to other websites.
- Links Sites Related to Beekeeping
- 2) Beekeeping Links http://www.ent.iastate.edu/List/beekeeping.html
- 3) Beekeeper's Reference http://www.hive-mind.com/bee/
- 40 Beekeeping Topics (pdf files) http://MAAREC.cas.psu.edu/topics.htm
Birds and Bees: Pollination Exhibit
- This virtual exhibit provides great photographs
of birds and bees in the process of pollination.
These photos would be great for writing
- This website features information about the
bumblebee including basic information, the life
cycle, body parts, identification, habitat, flower
list, and economic benefits. You'll also find
frequently asked questions and links to additional
- Other Bumblebee Pages:
- 2) Bumblebees (advanced) http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/bombus/
- 3) Bumblebee Body http://www.mearns.org.uk/mrssmith/bees/body.htm
- 4) Bumblebees of North East Scotland http://www.mearns.org.uk/mrssmith/bees/key.htm
- 5) Britannica Bumblebee http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=18327
- 6) Discover the Bumblebee http://hercules.users.netlink.co.uk/Bee.html
Buzz on Bees
- This page provides basic information about bees
- Other Websites at the Website:
- 2) Bees & Pollination http://mbgnet.mobot.org/pfg/cycles/bees/pollin.htm
- 3) How Do Bees Pollinate http://mbgnet.mobot.org/pfg/cycles/bees/how.htm
- 4) Training Bees http://mbgnet.mobot.org/pfg/cycles/bees/train.htm
of the Honeybees
- This page discusses the roles of bees and how
they communicate with each other.
A Bee Bit Me!
- This page discusses the different types of bees
and wasps, what to do if you get stung, and how to
avoid getting stuck by a bee. It's pretty easy to
read with nice pictures.
- Additional Bee Sting Websites:
- 2) LanaKids http://www.lanakids.com/beeware.html
- The honeybee lab is a great starting point for
information about honeybees. It provides research
information, bee biology fact sheets along with a
gallery of pictures and a multimedia section.
- Other General Bee Informational
- 2) FAQ Page http://beelab.cas.psu.edu/FAQ.html
- 3) Bees http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/bees.htm
- 4) Britannica Honeybee http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=41838
- 5) Columbia Encyclopedia http://www.bartleby.com/65/be/bee.html
- 6) Encarta http://encarta.msn.com/find/Concise.asp?ti=018B4000
- 7) Lycos Bees http://versaware.animalszone.lycos.com/template/getPage.asp?page=049000175.html
- 8) Honey bee http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1insects/honeybee.html
- 9) Honey Bee Rap Sheet http://www.pbrc.hawaii.edu/~kunkel/wanted/mugs/9241-rap.html
- 10 ) Animal Fact Sheet: Honeybee http://www.zoo.org/educate/fact_sheets/bee/bee.htm
- 11) Bees and Wasps http://www.winnipeg-bugline.com/bee.html
Inspecta World - Honey Bees
- This web page contains good, basic information
about bees. It contains a great drawing of a bee
with the parts labelled. Learn about honey, royal
jelly, bees wax, propolis, and pollination.
- Also At This Site:
- 2) Killer Bees http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/bees/killer/index.html
World - Bees
- This web page provides a nice introduction to
bees, their jobs, and related websites.
- This page contains information about the
anatomy and biology of a bee, glossary, honey
production, life of a bee, products using honey,
types of honey, and interesting facts.
- Websites For Teachers
Day in the Life of a Bee (Grades 4-6)
- This lesson plan provides a simple look at the
life of a bee.
Honey Bees on the Move
- Through activities for various grade levels,
these lesson plans explore honey bees and bee
safety issues. The website provides information as
well as activity sheets.
- This website for teachers contains activity
ideas for bee songs, snacks, art, science, games,
and other ideas.
and Ants (Ages 3-6)
- In this lesson, students identify the basic
needs of ant and bees and give examples of the
interdependence of life.
Buzz... and More: An Integrated Bee
- This unit is designed for grades 4 through 8
and contains information about types of bees, bees
and humans, making honey, and physical
characteristics of bees, It also have bee games,
quiz, and resources.
Body of a Honeybee
- This lesson focuses on the anatomy of the
honeybee. Students construct a honey bee, and
compare and contrast bee body parts and human body
- Other Bug Body Websites:
- 2) Insects - Body Parts http://www.orchardproject.org/Insects--Body%20parts.htm
Panama: Bee Lines
- This Scientific American lesson explores the
methods bees use to find their way around.
- Other Scientific American Frontiers
- 2) How Do Bees Fly? http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/4_class/44_guides/guide_904/4494_bees.html
to supermarket to your dinner table...
- This page contains a lesson on
- This page contains lots of great ideas for
integrating bee activities in a club as well as
Apple - Bee Stings
- This lesson plan answers the questions: Why do
bees sting? How are bee societies organized? What
actually happens when a bee stings you?
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