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  1. Our Friends the Honey Bees

  2. Brought to you by the

  3. Which one is a honey bee?

  4. Identification

  5. Why are honey bees important? • They pollinate flowers that lead to the production of fruits and vegetables. • About 1 mouthful of every 3 bites we eat is food that honeybees have helped to produce – not counting honey!

  6. Honey bees… produce honey & beeswax gather pollen & propolis

  7. Wasps and bumble bees are important to the environment! • Wasps and bumble bees provide pollination. • Wasps provide insect control.

  8. Beekeepers • Beekeepers keep honeybees in bee hives; a bee hive gives the bees a place to live.

  9. Beehives have ~50,000 bees

  10. Workers, Drones, & Queen

  11. Worker Bees (females) • gather nectar from flowers with their tongues. • collect nectar to make honey and pollen to feed baby bees. • carry pollen in baskets on their rear legs. • can and do sting when threatened.

  12. Short Life of the Worker Bee

  13. Drones (males) • Drones do no work within the hive. As a result, they get “kicked out” of hive in the autumn. • Drones have no stinger and cannot sting.

  14. Queen • The queen bee lays eggs, as many as 2,000 eggs per day during the spring. • A beehive will have only one queen.

  15. Honey Bees are Our Friends • While honey bees will sting, they do so only to protect their hives and themselves. • Beekeepers who know what they are doing rarely get stung by bees even when opening a hive! Some beekeepers even “grow” bee beards!