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Transcript of Honey bees
This is a honey comb that would be inside a bee hive. Bees live off their honey combs. they use them for storing food and for incubating their young.
This is the common honey bee hive where honey bees and their young are raised with the help of humans.
They are boxes filled with bees and honey combs.
Why we need bees.
Drones are the males of the hive. They are the servants to the queen bee. They never leave the hive. The only thing the drone does is fertilize the eggs then dies.
The glands of worker bees convert the sugar contents of honey into wax, which oozes through the bee's small pores to produce tiny flakes of wax on their abdomens. Workers chew these pieces of wax until they become soft and moldable, and then add the chewed wax to the honeycomb construction.
The worker bees are the female bees in the hive that can't lay eggs. The workers are the bees that collect nectar and protect the hive. The workers also collect pollen for food
The queen bee is an adult female bee. The queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees and specially fed royal jelly, a protein-rich secretion from glands on the heads of young workers. If not heavily fed royal jelly, the queen larva would have developed into a regular worker bee. All honey bee larvae are fed some royal jelly for the first few days after hatching but only queen larvae are fed on it exclusively. As a result of the difference in diet, the queen will be able to lay eggs and create the next generation of honey bees. The queen will lay thousands of eggs in her life.
The Life of a Virgin Queen Bee
A virgin queen is a queen bee that has not mated with a drone.Virgin queens appear to have little queen pheromone and often do not appear to be recognized as queens by the workers. A virgin queen in her first few hours after hatching can be placed into the entrance of any queenless hive or nuc and can usually be accepted, whereas a mated queen is usually recognized as a stranger and runs a high risk of being killed by the older workers.
When a young virgin queen emerges from a queen cell, she will generally seek out other virgin queens and attempt to kill them. Virgin queens have a kill or be killed instinct. They will kill any other virgin queens as well as any unhatched queens. Queen cells that are opened on the side indicate that a virgin queen was likely killed by another virgin queen.When a colony remains in swarm mode after the prime swarm has left, the workers may prevent virgin queens from fighting and one or several virgins may go with other swarms. Some virgins may stay behind with the remnant of the hive. When the after-swarm settles into a new home, the virgins will then resume normal behavior and fight to the death until only one remains. If the prime swarm has a virgin queen and the old queen, the old queen will usually be allowed to live. The old queen continues laying. Within a couple of weeks she will die a natural death and the former virgin, now mated, will take her place.
Unlike the worker bees, the queen's stinger is not barbed and she is able to sting repeatedly without dying which is very good when queens fight so that way the victor doesn`t die.
for more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_bee
The life cycle
Video on Bees
If the bees became extinct, the plants that depend on bees for pollination will die like wheat, barley, rye, rice, bamboo and corn. We will die if bees go extinct. WE NEED BEES!!!
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by Evan and Daniel