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How a Beehive is similar to the Parts of an Animal Cell

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How a Beehive is Similar to the Parts of an Animal Cell
The function of lysosomes is to clean up waste, similarly undertaker bees clear away corpses of bees so they don't accumulate around the hive and attract pests.
Mitochondria: Pollen and ripened Honey
Mitochondrion break down glucose into ATP (energy), much like the pollen and ripened honey in a beehive because they provide energy for all the bees in the hive.
Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum: Cells of the Hive that store pollen and honey
The function of smooth endoplasmic reticulum is to store and and produce proteins, similarly the cells in a hive store pollen and nectar, which produces honey and food for the bees.
Cytoplasm: The Hive
The cytoplasm is similar to the hive in the sense that all the parts of the cell are in the cytoplasm except for the nucleus and in the hive the queen bee isn't outside of the hive but she is apart from the worker bees for the most part except for the ones that take care of her.
Cytoskeleton: All the Cells in the Hive
The cytoskeleton provides the cell with structure and shape, much like all the cells in the hive because they make up the whole hive and give it structure, shape , and support.
Golgi Apparatus: House Bees
The golgi apparatus is like a house bee in the sense that the golgi apparatus's job is to deliver lipids or proteins throughout the cell and a house bee delivers nectar or pollen throughout the hive.
The nucleus is the boss of the cell, things don't get done within the cell without it. Similarly, the hive becomes chaotic without the queen bee because the worker bees don't forage and when they do they bring less back to the hive.
Nucleus: Queen bee
The cell membrane is a semi-permeable membrane that allows certain things to enter the cell but stops others. Forager bees function in the same manner, stinging unwanted intruders and sniffing other bees to determine if they are friendly or not.
Cell Membrane: Forager bee
Lysosome: Undertaker bees
Centrioles help with cell division, much like drone bees who mate with the queen to produce more worker bees.
Centriole: Drone bee
A vacuole's main function is temporary storage, similarly the pollen or nectar is temporarily stored in the bee's sacks/baskets on their legs while they are foraging and emptied by house bees when they get back to the hive.
Vacuole: pollen baskets/honey sacks on a forager bee's legs
Some house bees fan nectar to get rid of excess water and then that nectar turns into honey so they essentially make honey, much like the ribosome whose job is to make proteins.
Ribosome: House Bees that fan nectar
Nucleolus: Larvae
The nucleolus makes DNA and RNA nucleotides, which make up all the organelles in a cell, similarly the larvae are the building blocks of the hive because one of them will become the new queen and they will replace the bees that are working at the time of their birth.
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