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  1. hi. I am Clara from Mrs. Tyler's 6th grade class and I need help.
    my 8 year old little brother, Charlie, is scared of bees. I try to help him get over his fear but whenever I "don't bother the bees and they won't bother you" it never works! Any tips?

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    1. Hi Clara! I apologize for the delay. It is definitely tricky to help people overcome a fear, and everyone is different. I would recommend getting a book about honeybees first. Have your brother learn all about the different kinds of bees in a hive and the difference between honeybees and other stinging insects. Sometimes education is empowerment when it comes to overcoming a fear. A next step would be visiting an observation hive at a nature center, fair or festival (where the bees cannot get out) or watching videos of beekeepers safely interacting with bees. You're doing a great job! What a caring sister!

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  2. Do honey bees hurt other honey bees?

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    1. Hello, honeybees are very docile creatures that work together with one another in the hive so it is important that they get along with the other bees. All of the worker bees in the hive have the same goal of gathering nectar, protecting and caring for the hive, and taking care of the queen.

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  3. how do we gerb honey ans sell it

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    1. Beekeepers will remove frames with excess honey from the hive. After removing the honey from the frames, the beekeeper will bottle the honey. Some beekeepers will sell honey at farmers markets and fairs while others will keep the honey for themselves.

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  4. how do we grab honey and get it to the stores?

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    1. Beekeepers will remove frames with excess honey from the hive towards the end of the summer. After removing the honey from the frames, the beekeeper will bottle the honey. If a beekeeper is looking to sell the honey, they can ship the honey to stores or sell it at farmers markets.

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  5. can a honey bee be in a cold state

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    1. Yes they can. Honeybees are found in all 50 states! It is the job of the beekeeper to care for the bees throughout the year but especially in the winter. The beekeeper will make sure that the hive is healthy and has plenty of food to eat until the honeybees can gather nectar in the spring.

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  6. what is the most bees in a hive .

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    1. The majority of the hive is made up of female worker bees. There can be 50,000-60,000 worker bees in a hive during the summer months.

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  7. hi,why do bees have black stripes on them?

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    1. Honeybees are typically yellow and brown but different varieties of honeybees can be other colors.

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    2. thats cool i don't like honey but i like watching you guys do honey bees like hornets?

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    3. While honey bees are pollinators that eat pollen and nectar for food, hornets are carnivores that eat other insects, including honey bees. So honey bees do not like hornets.

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  8. how many different kinds of honey is there? And whats your favorite one

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    1. There are 300 varieties of honey in the United States and about 3,000 varieties worldwide! Each type of honey has a different flavor and color depending on what flowers the nectar was gathered from. My favorite flavor is Avocado honey!

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  9. how do you know which one is the Queen?

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    1. The queen bee can be identified because she is the longest bee in the colony. No matter how large the colony is, there is only one queen. Sometimes beekeepers paint a small dot on her so that we can find her easier.

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  10. How do you know if a bee is going to sting you?

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    1. Honey bees only sting out of defense. If a bee comes near you, stay calm. She likely came by because she thought you smelled or looked like a flower!

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  11. What is being a beekeeper like?
    Is beekeeping fun?
    This was Natasha, from Mrs.Rilling's class

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    1. Being a beekeeper is hard work. We check on our hives at least once a week throughout the year to see how much food they have stored and check the health of the colony. Beekeeping is rewarding because we know that our efforts support the bees to continue pollinating our food crops!

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    1. Honey bees have four wings and, like birds, by flapping their wings really fast honey bees can fly in the air!

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  13. Mrs. Abbey's Class at Rawson Elementary:

    Who would want to be a bee keeper?

    How do the bees which spot is where the babies are versus the honey so they don't hurt the baby bees?

    Why do bees sting?

    Why can't the bees pollinate in winter?

    Is it hard to be a bee keeper?

    How do the bees know where to go for nectar?

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    1. Many hobbist beekeepers start beekeeping to harvest their own honey and get closer to nature. Commercial beekeepers get to travel the country with their bees, pollinating the crops as the seasons change.

      Honey bees use a storage system. Picture a rainbow shape. Down at the bottom of the comb in the center of the hive is where they store the brood (the baby bees). Around the brood, they put a band of pollen, and then up in the corners of the comb is where they store the honey.

      Honey bees sting out of defense when they are threatened. If a bee comes near you, stay calm. She will leave when she realizes that you are not a flower.

      While honey bees can pollinate in the winter, there are limited flowers to gather from. Plus bees like to stay nice and warm inside the hive.

      Beekeeping is hard work. We need to lift heavy boxes regularly and work in the hot sun in order to care for our hives.

      Honey bees have 30,000 receptors on each antenna! With those powerful sensors, she can smell the flowers from a mile away!

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  14. Once the queen dies, how do the worker bees know they're choosing a girl bee to be the queen?

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    1. There are different size cells for the queen to lay eggs in. The large cells are for drone (boy) bees since they grow to be bigger than worker (female) bees.The bees will know which are the smaller cells with female eggs in them.

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  15. How do the bees get into the bee hive?

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    1. There are small entrances built into the front of the hives for the bees to come in and out of. The guard bees will stand guard at the front of those entrances to keep other insects besides honey bees from entering the hive.

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  16. Why doesn't the worker bees eat the royal jelly?

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    1. All larvae (baby bees) will be fed some royal jelly while they are growing and developing. The queen is the only be to be feed royal jelly exclusively. The workers and drones will be fed a small amount of royal jelly but they will also be fed pollen, nectar, and honey.

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    1. Honey bees can communicate in two ways. The first way is through two different dances to communicate where a floral source is or where to find water. They may do either a round dance or a waggle dance. The other way that bees communicate is through releasing pheromones that the bees create. Pheromones can communicate that there is a queen in the hive or that they believe that there is a threat.

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  18. What if the worker bee that gets chosen to be the queen doesn't want to be the queen?

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    1. The queen bee that they create won't know that she was meant to be a worker bee. She will be fed just like all of the other larvae in the hive but she will be fed only royal jelly to help the queen develop into the largest bee in the hive.

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  19. Thank you for sharing with our class on Friday.
    More questions
    Will bees chase you?
    How long after they sting you do they survive?
    If at night when they are sleeping - if someone moved the hive would they wake up?
    What do they do in the winter in the hive?
    Do Bee stings hurt?
    How do bees get into the hive?

    From 2nd Grade at St. Lambert School - Sioux Falls, SD

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  20. Honey bees are generally calm unless provoked. For instance, if you are simply watching a worker bee pollinate flowers, she will ignore you and keep working. Do not disturb her from her work.

    Honey bees die soon after they sting because they leave their stinger embedded in the skin.

    When a beekeeper is moving hives at night, some bees will wake up to investigate the movement and make sure the colony is safe.

    When it is too cold to fly and forage for more nectar and pollen, honey bees will cluster together and shiver their wing muscles which will generate heat and keep the colony warm. They will also eat the stored honey and pollen.

    When you first get stung, it is a quick sharp pain. Swelling near the stung area is normal. If you have any trouble breathing, call 911 immediately. Contact your doctor with any other concerns.

    Beekeepers will rehome a colony of bees in a wooden box with frames for the bees to build out the wax combs.

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  21. 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.

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    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!

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  22. How many bees can live in one hive.

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

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