Arthropod

Bee

Area: 
All continents except Antarctica
Habitat: 
All habitats
Food: 
Flower nectar and pollen
Size: 
Up to 1.6 inches long (as long as a large paperclip)
Babies: 
Newly hatched bees do clean-up work around the hive.
A single bee can collect enough nectar to make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey.
The Buzz on Bees

Bees fly from flower to flower, sipping nectarThe sugary fluid produced by many flowers and ingested by many insects, some birds, and a few mammals. and collecting grains of pollenFine, powdery, yellowish grains that are the fertilizing element of flowering plants.. Bees have a special tongue that sucks up the nectarThe sugary fluid produced by many flowers and ingested by many insects, some birds, and a few mammals. and a cropIn many birds and insects, the enlarged part of the esophagus between the mouth and the stomach where food is stored before going to the stomach. in their throat for storing it until they get back to the hive, where it is turned into honey to use as food.

 

Many plants depend on bees to spread pollenFine, powdery, yellowish grains that are the fertilizing element of flowering plants., helping them to reproduceTo have offspring or babies.. Flowers that attract bees are usually yellow, blue, or purple. Many bees specialize in one plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch. speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent.. In areas where different flowering plants bloom at the same time, this keeps different bee speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. from fighting over the same flower!

 

Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies or hives. All the bees in the colonyA group of the same kind of animal species living together. 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.