A honeybee on honeycomb

Bee

What's the buzz?

Type

butterfly

Arthropods

Area

All continents except Antarctica

All continents except Antarctica

Endangered Status

Some Endangered

facts

size
0.6 inch
adult honeybee length
A gummy bear is 0.8 inches tall
A honeybee in comparison to a gummy bear candy
food
plants
nectar and pollen
Herbivore
plants

Bees drink nectar from flowering plants, as well as collect pollen, which they turn into honey back at the hive for food.

habitat
all habitats
except Antarctica
Illustration of planet globe

description

A honeybee with a large amount of pollen collected on its hind legs flies towards a white flower.

The buzz on bees

Bees fly from flower to flower, sipping nectar and collecting grains of pollen. Bees have a special tongue that sucks up the nectar and a crop in their throat for storing it until they get back to the hive, where it is turned into honey to use as food. Bees live around the world, on all continents except Antarctica.

A small bee sits on a yellow flower, covered in pollen.

Picky pollinators

Many plants depend on bees to spread pollen, helping them to reproduce. Flowers that attract bees are usually yellow, blue, or purple. Many bees specialize in one plant species. In areas where different flowering plants bloom at the same time, this keeps different bee species from fighting over the same flower!

Honeybees swarming honeycomb

Busy as a bee

Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies or hives. All the bees in the colony work together for the good of the hive. Each has a job to do: the queen lays the eggs and the workers build the honeycomb, care for the larvae, and collect the food.