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The honey bee is an orange and gold insect that lives in groups and can fly. It was introduced to New Zealand to make honey. It was introduced in 1839.
The bee is an insect with three body parts, the head, abdomen and the thorax. On the tip of the abdomen there is a stinger. The honey bee has two eyes, two antennae and six legs. They also have a pair of see through wings attached to the thorax. They have orange and gold stripes on the abdomen. They have sacs on their legs for storing pollen and a wasp waist. This means the abdomen is attached with a bendy joint to the thorax, so that it can move in small places.
The queen bee is the biggest bee, the drones are larger than the worker bees and the worker bees are the smallest bees in the hive.
They are found all throughout New Zealand and in other parts of the world. In the wild, they are found in places like rocky crevices and caves. In captivity they are found in wooden boxes. The boxes are brightly coloured and stacked on top of each other.
Up to 50,000 bees can live in a hive. The queen bee is the only one who can lay eggs. She can lay up to 3000 eggs a day. Eggs are laid in a cell that is shaped like a hexagon. Cells are that shape so that they can stack together. Eggs hatch into larva and worker bees feed them honey. Larva change to pupa and are sealed in the cell until they change into bees. All worker bees are female, they live for up to six weeks. Drones are always male bees. Their job is to mate with the queen, and after that they usually die.
The worker bees are the ones that collect pollen and nectar. Honey is made by the nectar and mouth juices of those bees. It takes one bee 60 hours of work to make a teaspoon of honey.
Bee numbers are declining in New Zealand. One reason is because of the accidental introduction of the Varroa mite. The Varroa mite destroys hives.
What happens if the honey bees disappear? Will it affect Earth? What will happen to our plants and where will we get our honey?
Article posted November 8, 2008 at 02:20 AM •
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