Bugscope Across the Curriculum By Gemma FitzPatrick. Back to Electronic Portfolio. Initial Drawing. Digital Pictures. Honeybees
Bugscope Across the CurriculumBy Gemma FitzPatrick
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Bees have three body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The bee’s six legs are attached to the thorax. Bees also have a pair of antennae, compound eyes, jointed legs and a hard exoskeleton. Bees feed off of only two food sources: flower nectar and pollen.
Honeybees are very social creatures and they live in hives. Within the hive community there are three types of honeybees. First, there is the queen bee who lays the eggs. Second, there are workers. Workers are female bees who gather food, make honey, build the honeycomb, look after the eggs and protect the hive. Lastly, there are drone bees that mate with the queen.
The bee hives central feature is honeycomb, which is made of flat vertical panels of six-sided cells and is made of beeswax. This beeswax is produced by the worker bees’ glands on her abdomen. The cells within the honeycomb are used to raise the young honeybees and to store honey. The area in which the young bees and eggs are found in the honeycomb is called the brood comb.
The accuracy and detail of this picture is significantly different from my initial drawing. As a result of my online research and looking at the digital pictures, my bee now has three body segments. Also, the six legs are attached to the thorax and contain more joints.