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Honey Bee
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Find in the Bible several verses that speak about bees.[edit | edit source]

Judges 14:8 (NIV)
Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey.

Psalm 118:12 (NIV)
They swarmed around me like bees,but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down.

Draw the honey bee and tell how it is different from other bees and other insects. Color your picture.[edit | edit source]

Go to Enchanted Learning to print a Honey Bee

Within a colony, name the 3 types of bees and what are their responsibilities.[edit | edit source]


Worker bees are the smallest of the species, about half the weight of the queen and the drones

It takes a worker bee 21 days to develop from an egg to an adult.

The duties of the worker bees are many and varied. They keep the hive clean, take care of the brood (eggs and larvae) such as feeding them royal jelly, attend the queen, maintain the temperature of the hive by fanning their wings, secret wax and build combs, guard the hive, and perform the all-important job of collecting nectar and pollen.

During late spring, summer and fall, a worker bee will live only about 6 weeks. During winter, they live 4–5 months, taking care of the queen and keeping her warm.


The bee hive is made up of the queen (usually only one per hive), drones (from 2 – 300 individuals), and workers bees(between 10,000 – 100,000, depending on the season). The queen is the largest bee in the hive. It takes the queen bee 16 days to develop from an egg to a queen. She produces special glandular secretions called “queen substance“, which is a pheromone used to hold the colony together and stimulates the workers to maintain the hive. Queens mate one time in their life with 6-8 drones over a 2-7 day period. She must be at least 20 meters in the air to mate. She lays her own weight in eggs every day in summer, from 1,500 2,400 eggs per day. In her lifetime, she can lay over 600,000 eggs. Queen bees can live more up to six years, but her usual lifespan in a hive is two years. The queen is fed by the worker bees, and eats up to 80 times her weight daily.

Drones Drones are the males of the species. They are recognizable by their very large eyes. It takes a drone bee 24 days to develop from an egg to an adult. Their only purpose in life, and only job in the hive, is to mate with the queen. Drones have no sting. They die when they mate, or if they have not mated by the beginning of winter, the workers kick them out of the hive where they are left to die.

Explain and draw the life cycle of the honeybee.[edit | edit source]

Honey Bee - Part 1 from Youtube

Honey Bee Part 2 from Youtube

What is the purpose of the scout bee’s dance?[edit | edit source]

All animals and insects use some form of communication. For honeybees, it is often referred to as a dance. Scout honeybees go out in search of good nectar and pollen sources. When they come back, they do a dance that tells the other bees not only how far the nectar is, but also the direction in which to travel using the sun as a reference point. If the nectar is in the direction of the sun, the dance will be performed straight up the walls of the hive: if the map were a clock, they would dance toward 12:00. If the nectar is 30 degrees to the right of the sun, the dance will be performed at about 2:00. If the nectar is distant from the hive, the scout bee does a figure-eight dance (Waggle Dance). It’s dark in the hive, so the other bees hold on to that scout bee to feel the directions.

Make 2 bee crafts.[edit | edit source]

Observe bees, if possible.[edit | edit source]

Honey Bee

Honey Bee from Youtube

External Resources[edit | edit source]

Enjoy this Honey Bee Lapbook from Home School Share

Honey Bees from 4-H After School