Although not everyone may think so, bees are insects that have many important purposes. Bees help to pollinate flowers, which is how they can bloom and grow more.
They also make honey, which animals and people love to eat as well as make many things with. Continue reading to find out more information about bees.
What are the characteristics of a bee?
Bees belong to the insect family which means that they have six legs and three parts to their body, which are the head, the thorax, and the abdomen.
They have short, thick bodies that are covered with hair and can be anywhere from the size of a grain of rice all the way to the length of your big finger.
Bees are different from wasps because they have small combs on their arms to help them clean their antennae and they also have unique wings.
Where do bees live?
There are over 20,000 different species of bees that can be found in almost every place in the entire world, besides Antarctica. Bees need flowers in order to survive, so they can be found in any habitat that has flowering plants.
What do bees eat?
Bees mainly eat the nectar and pollen from flowers. Nectar is a liquid that comes from flowers which is very sugary and gives the bees energy. Pollen is a type of powder that comes from flowers and is used to feed bee babies, which are called larvae.
Do bees have any predators?
There are a few predators that will hunt bees, and these include some birds, reptiles, small mammals, and even other insects like dragonflies. Large mammals, like bears, are known for completely destroying bees’ hives in order to eat the honey that is inside.
How do bees protect themselves?
One of the first ways that bees protect themselves is by building their hive in a very secret spot.
By having their hive in a place that is hard to find, or is really hard to reach, they are protecting themselves against animals that might want to try to eat them.
Another way that bees will defend themselves is by stinging. Ouch!
Female bees have a stinger on the end of their body and they will use it to sting something that might be threatening it. The stinger comes out of the bee’s body and stays in the victim, releasing new venom while also signaling to other bees to come and help.
While bee stings can be painful, they aren’t serious unless you are allergic to them.
Quick Bee Facts
Bees have six legs and three parts to their body.
There are over 20,000 different types of bees.
Bees eat nectar and pollen from flowers.
They have a few predators that include birds, reptiles, small mammals, and dragonflies.
Bees protect themselves by building their hives in hidden places and using their stinger. They play an important part in our environment. For example, they are one of the main ways that flowers become pollinated, which helps to grow them in the first place!
Bees also give us honey and many other products that have honey in them. As long as we don’t bug them, they won’t bug us!