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  1. Hello,

    We have a couple of questions.
    How long does an bee egg or larva take to hatch?
    Can the eggs be different sizes?
    What size can bees grow to?
    How big can the hive get up to in size?

    Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for such great questions!
      1. It takes 21 days for a worker bee to grow from an egg to an adult, 24 days for drones, and 16 days for a queen.
      2. Eggs are the same size no matter whether it will become a worker, drone, or a queen. It will be about the size of half a grain of rice. What the egg is fed will determine which type of bee it will become.
      3. When worker bees are born they are the size of a paper clip and will remain that size for the rest of their lives (about 6 weeks in the summer).
      4. Honeybee hives have the largest population in the summer months. There can be 80,000+ bees in the hive!

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    1. Thank you for your question! Honeybees are very gentle and do not like to sting unless a predator tries to invade their habitat.

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    1. Yes! We go on TV to tell everyone about the importance honeybees play in our everyday lives. The TV channel depends on what state and city we are in.

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  4. hey this is banasia frome Mrs. lens

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    1. Hi Banasia!
      It was wonderful to meet you and your class! We hope you enjoyed learning about the honeybees!

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  5. Thank you for your presentation at Rawson School today. The students had A LOT of questions after you left. One question we all want to know is, where do Beekeepers get their bees from? Thanks again. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    1. Hi Mrs Correll's class,
      Beekeepers get their bees form making a "split." A split is when a beekeeper divides a hive into two and makes two separate hives.
      The beekeeper encourages the bees to make a second queen and then puts half of the worker bees, half of the drones, and the new queen in a separate hive box. Then they have two hives!
      Beekeepers can also buy bees from another beekeeper who sells the new hive of bees they made from splitting.

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  6. can butterfly's make nectar or just bees from marissah

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    1. Hi Marissah, thank you for your question! Honeybees and butterflies are both important pollinators and love to drink nectar, but butterflies cannot produce honey like a honeybee can.

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  7. Hi this is from Mrs.correll's class I was wondering if a queen bee can lose their wings when they find a hive

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    1. Thank you for your question! A queen does not lose her wings, and she always stays in the hive. She only leaves for fertilization once in her lifetime, and if there is a swarm.

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    1. Honey is their food. They collect the nectar from flowers, mix it with enzymes (a special substance that makes honey never go bad), and then take out some of the water out of the nectar through dehydration. Now it's honey! They then store the honey for food in winter. The honeybees make a lot of extra honey and don't need it all so beekeepers take the extra honey they won't eat.

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