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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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    2. Hello,

      We have a couple of questions:

      Why did you become interested in bees?
      Why do you only study Honey Bees?
      Do bees sleep at night?
      How do humans make the bee hives- if they are man-made?
      Why can't there be a king bee?
      Are the honey bees the only bees that live in hives?
      How does the Queen lay eggs?

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    3. Hi there!
      1. My (Queen Mary's) interest in bees started when I earned a scholarship in 8th grade to keep honeybees. Ever since then, I learned 1/3 of our food is dependent upon pollination and without honeybees we would lose and entire meal! And now, as a national spokesperson I share with everyone just how important honeybees are to our everyday lives!!
      2. I study honeybees because of their important role in pollination. There are other types of bees, but honeybees perform most of the pollination needed and are the most crucial to our food supply.
      3. Honeybees actually NEVER sleep. That's why someone who works really hard might be said to be "busy as a bee."
      4. Honeybees can live in the wild, but normally they live in man made beehives. The beehives are wooden boxes put together with nails. Inside there are honeycomb frames (like a picture frame) made out of wood, where the bees build beeswax inside to lay the eggs in, store pollen, and honey.
      5. In a honeybee hives, since the worker and queen bees do all the work, they are in charge. The queen has the most important job of laying all the eggs, so she has the most important title of queen. Because the male bees (drones) physically can not do much work, they don't have such an important role in a bee hive and thus can not be king bees.
      6. Some types of bees live by themselves and are called solitary bees, some live in small hives of less than 12, and some (bumblebees) live in hives of up to 400 bees. Honeybees are the only type of bee that lives in large hives of 60-80,000 bees. Because they live in such a big hives, they are the most important bees for pollination and make extra honey for us to eat.
      7. When a queen bee is ready to lay an egg, she will walk around the honeycomb to find an empty cell to lay the egg in. She will then stick her bottom into the cell and lay an egg (like a chicken) into the empty honeycomb cell. After 3 days the egg will hatch and be fed 150-800 times a day to grow into an adult bee 21 days after being laid by the queen bee.

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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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    2. Hi, my name is Liam and I go to Capital Day School in Frankfort, KY. I have a question for you, I saw a video it was about colored honey how does that happen? Also how many schools have been to?

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    3. The color and flavor of honey all depends upon the floral source the bees go to. Honey can come in colors from water white to dark, almost black honey. The lighter the honey, the more mild, sweeter, sometimes fruity taste and the darker the honey, the more bold, robust. Dark honey almost tastes like molasses.
      I have been to so many schools, I have lost count. At the end of this year I will visit over 120 different schools speaking to thousands of students. The cool thing though is that I get different questions everywhere I go!

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  9. Hi Mary!! All Saints Catholic School LOVED your presentation today. Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us about bees. My only question for you today is can we buy a jar of honey from you to try? Thank you!

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    1. Hi there! I am so glad you enjoyed it and I hope y'all learned a lot. I recommend visiting honeylocator.com to find a beekeeper near you to buy honey from!
      ~ Queen Mary

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    1. Hello Brie, thank you for your question! In the wild, a bee will make their hive out of wax. They secrete this wax from glands on the underside of their body. They then make a chain called a festoon. They pass the wax through their line, and shape it with their mandibles. They form their hexagon cells this way, and when it all comes together, this is their completed hive. After this, they will continue to add on to their hive.

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  11. who is the bee queen i know that the princess in lynn but who is the queen?!

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    1. Hi, thank you for your question! Mary Reisinger is the 2020 American Honey Queen. Sydnie Paulsrud is the 2020 American Honey Princess.

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    1. Hi, Adriana! Thank you for visiting our blog. We hope you enjoyed your honeybee presentation!

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  13. Hi, thank you for your question! Honeybees make their hive from the wax they create. Their glands at the bottom of their abdomen secrete the wax. They link their legs and form a chain, and this is called festooning. The bottom bee peels the wax from their abdomen, and sends ut up through the chain. They form their wax into little hexagon cells, and connect them all together. This is now their beeswax home.

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  14. Thank you Queen Mary for your amazing lecture on honey bees! Our students were all abuzz learning so much! Our question is: where can we purchase poison ivy honey and other unique honeys? Thank you again for your time in teaching us the importance of honey bees! : )

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    1. Hi there! Thank you for your question! It can be difficult to find poison ivy honey for sale as it is often seen as undesirable because of the name. I was able to find some poison oak honey for sale though! Enjoy!
      ~ Queen Mary
      https://thehoneyladies.com/product/poison-oak-honey/
      https://oldbluenaturalresources.com/products/poison-oak-honey

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  15. Can bees make other noises besides buzzing?

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    1. The only way for a bee to produce sound is by flapping their wings. This produces the buzzing sound we know. The bee does not have any other sound producing mechanisms, and is thus limited to just buzzing.

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  16. What do you do when there is more than one queen bee in your hive?

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    1. The bees will be the first ones to notice if there is more than one queen bee in a beehive. Typically the worker bees will choose one queen to defend and claim as their own, or the queen bees will fight each other until one of them dies.

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  17. Do the drones do anything else than helping the larva and being lazy?

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    1. That's their job! Their sole responsibility is to help the queen with the babies. They physically can do no other work.

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  18. How can you tell what honey the bees don't need?

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    1. At the end of the honey flow season (when flowers bloomed), whatever honey is left in the upper boxes of the hive is deemed extra and any honey down below near the babies is left for them for winter.

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  19. How do you tell the different types of honey?

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    1. Each honey has a unique taste and can often be determined based on taste alone. If someone is uncertain they can always send their honey in for pollen analysis which will let them know what flowers their honeybees visited to gather nectar to make into honey.

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  20. Do you build the bee boxes and wait for bees to just come along? Or can you buy bee boxes and bees?

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    1. Normally a beekeeper will buy bees from a beekeeping supply store or another beekeeper to place in the beehive boxes they built.

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  21. We are wondering how a beekeeper puts the dot of paint on the queen bee?
    Thank you so much for telling about bees! You did a great job! We want to try having bees at our house!
    Anna(4th grade) and Andrew(1st grade)

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    1. A beekeeper will pick up the queen bee carefully and take a tiny paint pen and place a small dot of paint on her back. The beekeeper will make sure it dries and then place the queen back in the beehive. It's quite simple!
      I'm glad you enjoyed the presentation! Good luck in beekeeping!

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  22. 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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