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Bees

Bees are awesome creatures! Yes, once in a while they sting someone, but only when they feel danger. So donít ask for trouble!Try to be friends with bees. You will bee amazed! Bee colonies or hives have tens of thousands of bees.

This is about as many people as it takes to fill a football stadium! Each colony has only one queen bee, a few drones (males), and the rest, worker bees (females). The queen is the only one to reproduce.

All the other bees in the colony are her offspring.The queen lives three to four years. She leaves the colony only once to mate with drones from other colonies. Then she spends the rest of her life laying eggs for new bees.

The life cycle of a honey bee

- The queen lays eggs into the cells of the honeycomb, one egg per cell.

- The worker bees feed and tend the eggs. Depending on her age, here are the jobs of a worker bee:

Days 1-3 - Cleaning cells of the comb and keeping new eggs warm.

Day 6-10 - Feeding younger larvae

Day 8-16 - Receiving honey and pollen from field bees

Day 12-18 - Making wax and building new cells in the comb.

Day 14 onwards - Guarding the hive entrance, foraging for nectar and pollen.

When the queen is nearing the end of her life, the workers begin to raise a new queen. Their bodies make a special food called royal jelly. To make a queen instead of a worker, they feed a larger portion of the royal jelly to the chosen larva.

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