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Bees

Posted by [email protected] on May 24, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Hi everyone, Danaus here. I'm going to tell you some amazing things about Bees.

There are many different kinds of bees, but I'm only going to tell you about three I did some research on.

The Bees people think about the most are the well known European Honey Bee. They live in colonies, but not ALL Bees live in colonies; some are "solitary". Queen bees live the longest. European honey Bee Queens can live for up to 4 years, and some types of Bees even longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Queen also lays all the eggs. The males or "Drones" lifespan depends on when they mate. The Drones die when they mate because their vital organs are ripped out of their bodies.The worker Bees live from 1-10 months. These Bees do all the work. They care for the young, they make the honey, pollinate the flowers, every thing. Even feed the Queen!

Then there is the stingless Bees these Bees are native to Australia. Not much is known about them, but I managed to find about three facts. Stingless Bees that live in colder places need their honey to survive the winter. Did you know that if just one pot of their honey is spilled some bees could drown. I coudn't find out the lifespan on how long the Queen lives for or the Drone. Luckily I could find that the workers can live from 161-240 days.

Then there's the Orchid Bee. They are beautifully coloured. Absolutely amazing, but they dont make honey. Yes its true, and you dont see females as often either. You usually only see the males. Orchid Beesa do something you wouldn't expect in Bees, they gather fragrant oils from plants. For example trees, insecticides* and flowers especially orchids, hence the name.They store these oils in specialized receptacles on their hind legs and turn the fragrant oils into perfumes. Cool right? They use these fragrances to make pharamones to attract females so they can mate.

 

* True story. One species was recorded gathering oils from the insecticide DDT.

So everyone hope you enjoyed this weeks weekly wam and feel free to comment. Carry on learning.

 

Orchid Bee

Australian Native Stingless Bee


European Honey Bee

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