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A honeybee is an introduced species. It was introduced to New Zealand in 1839. The honey bee was introduced to make honey. It is a yellow and gold flying insect.
The honey bee has three body parts which are the head, the thorax and the abdomen. It has a sting at the tip of its abdomen. The honeybee has a wasp waist which means the abdomen is joined with a bendy join so that it can move in small places. It has two eyes. The honey bee has 6 legs and see through wings that are attached to the thorax.
The queen bee is the biggest bee in the hive, then the drone bees and last of all the worker bees.
The honey bee lives throughout New Zealand. The wild bees make their hives in hollow trees or in rocky crevices or caves.
There are up to 50,000 bees in a hive. The Queen bee is the only bee that can lay eggs. She lays up to 3000 eggs a day. Drones are males who mate with the queen. They usually die after they have mated with the queen. Worker bees are female bees who are the smallest bees in the hive. Worker bees live for up to 6 weeks. Worker bees collect nectar and pollen from flowering plants. Honey is made from the nectar and mouth juices of the worker bees. It takes up to 60 hours for a honey bee to make a teaspoon of honey. Bees pollinate our plants and the buzzing sounds are made by the bee flapping its wings 200 times a second.
The eggs are laid in a cell that is six-sided hexagon shaped. The cells are that shape so they can stack together. The queen bee lays the eggs then they hatch into larva. The workers feed the larva on honey. If they want to make a queen bee they feed the larva on royal jelly. When the larva turns to pupa the worker makes wax to seal the cell. Then the pupa turns into a bee. The bee has to chew its way out of the cell. Sometimes the worker bee helps to eat the wax.
When the hive is crowded the queen leaves with thousands of bees. This is called a swarm. The queen bee makes a new hive. The new queen bee takes over the old hive.
Bees numbers are declining. One reason is the accidental introduction of the Varroa mite to New Zealand. If all the bees die, who will pollinate our plants? How will we make honey?
Article posted November 8, 2008 at 02:48 AM •
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