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  1. Thank you so much for sharing with us on Tuesday! Questions from my class:

    1. Emma has 3 questions. What do bees do when you mow the lawn? How many bees fit in one bee hive? How do bees get nectar out of their little bodies?

    2. Braxton wants to know if you can eat a honeycomb.

    3. Chelsea wants to know how long the little larvae stay in their cells.

    1. 1a. Because of the unusual noise and the dust kicked up by the mower, sometimes the bees can get agitated. To help minimize the bees' reaction, some beekeepers will mow the first pass right in front of the hive, go some where else for a little bit, and then repeating the process until the yard is mowed.

      1b. Surprisingly, an average colony contains 30,000 to 60,000 bees in the hive!

      1c. Honey bees have a special stomach, called a honey stomach, that serves as an internal pocket so that the worker bees can gather nectar from the flowers and bring it back to the hive. When she arrives back home, she will regurgitate the nectar in the honey stomach and store it for later use.

      2. Yes, you can eat honeycomb! Chewing the wax can also help to grab the tiny bites of food from in between your teeth.

      3. The length of development will depend on what bee is being made. From egg to adult, workers take 21 days, drones take 24 days, and queens take just 16 days!

  2. How many bees can live in one hive.

    1. Surprisingly, an average colony contains 30,000 to 60,000 bees in the hive!

  3. Does the smoker calm the bees?
    How and when do they get their venom?
    Do beekeepers protect the bees?
    What happens if the queen bee can't have babies any more?
    How often are beekeepers sting a lot?
    Do you feed the bees?
    Is the queen in charge of the hive?
    How and where does the queen lay the babies?
    How is the queen bee born?
    If you're stung by a bee and don't get out the venom stinger, what will happen?
    How do they make their hive?
    How do they find their hive?

    1. A beekeeper uses a smoker to help calm the bees as the smoke encourages the bees to eat honey so they then feel calm.

      Female bees are born with their venom. Drones (male bees) do not have stingers.

      Beekeepers not only protect their bees but they also care for them by making sure that they have enough room to live in their hive, food to eat, and are healthy.

      If the queen can't lay eggs anymore, the hive will replace her as the hive needs to have a queen that can produce new eggs/ bees.

      Beekeepers typically wear a bee suit to protect themselves when working with bees. Some beekeepers are hardly ever stung because they move slowly around their bees and are calm while doing their beekeeping.

      Some beekeepers do supplemental feed their bees when there are not enough flowers blooming and nectar to be brought in or to make sure that the bees have enough food stored away in their hive for winter.

      There isn't really any bee that is in charge of the hive. They each have their own role within the hive and as long as every bee is doing its assigned job, the hive operates smoothly.

      The queen will back her abdomen into each of the cells to lay a single egg in each of the cells.

      The queen is created from a female egg (where she would have originally become a worker bee) where she is placed in a special cell called a queen cup cell. In the cell, she is fed royal jelly the entire time that she is developing. The queen will emerge from her cell 16 days later and kill any developing queen cells. Shortly after she will go on her mating flight and then return back to the hive to lay eggs.

      If stung by a bee and the stinger and venom sack is still in your skin, the sting will continue to hurt longer. A stinger can be removed by scraping it off with your finger nail.

      Bees make their hive in a place out of the way and where it is quite like in a hollow dead tree.

      Bees find their hive after they leave by taking note of landmarks they pass as they are flying so they know how to return back to their hive.

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    1. Honeybees communicate through dancing and pheromones. Worker bees will "dance" to tell other foragers about food sources. This is called a waggle dance. Pheromones are scents bees release to trigger specific actions of other honeybees in the hive. For example, if a bee feels that the hive is threatened, she will send out pheromones that tell guard bees to defend the hive.

  5. How are beeshives made?
    What do their eggs weigh?

    1. Honeybees live in human-made hives, typically crafted out of wood. They build their hexagonal (six-sided) cells on frames in the hive. These cells are made out of beeswax. Beeswax is made from a honeybee's wax glands. The wax glands are located on the underside of their thorax, the third and biggest segment of their body. A honeybee will then take the wax and chew it, to make it malleable, or easy to work with. They then build the comb. Cells in the hive are hexagonal to avoid any unused or open space.

      A honeybees eggs are very small, about half the size of a grain of rice. Because of this, they are incredibly light in weight.

  6. How does pollen from another flower help a flower grow food or whatever it grows?

    1. Pollination is the process in which pollen from one flower lands on the center of another flower. This sends a signal to the second flower to start producing. This is called fertilization. Pollination is needed to grow fruits, vegetables, and nuts. One out of three bites of food we eat is dependent on pollination. Eighty percent of those pollinators are honeybees.

  7. Replies
    1. Honeybees have a long and straw-like tongue called a proboscis. They can use this tongue to suck up nectar, honey, and water. They can also switch to a lapping method, like how a dog drinks water. Honeybees' tongues have thousands of bristles on them. When they dip their tongue in the center of a flower, the nectar gets trapped in the bristles, allowing them to efficiently collect it.


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