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Honeybee Facts & Trivia

Quiz using honeybee-related vocabulary words, facts, and trivia as a great additional activity to this year's honey-themed Ag Literacy Week or any lesson.

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the shelter (house) where a colony (group) of bees live
a soft usually white fluffy material that is made up of the hairs around the seeds of a tall plant related to the mallows and that is spun into yarn
Hive Bodies
the boxes where bees live, store honey and raise young bees; also called a deep or shallow
a tool that gives off smoke that is used to calm bees
Queen Bee
the largest female bee who is the center of the hive, usually the only one to lay eggs
Drone Bee
male bee usually does not collect pollen, their job is to mate with the queen
Worker Bee
female bee specialized to collect food and maintain the hive
House Bee
bees that move around the hive drying the nectar as the worker bees deliver it, they clean the honey
a sweet liquid given off by plants and especially by the flowers and used by bees in making honey
a shelter of six-sided wax cells built by honeybees in their nest to contain young bees and stores of honey
a drum containing a rotating wire basket that is turned by hand or motor, the honeycombs are placed in the basket and as it turns the is flung out of the combs into a tank
when bees travel from plant to plant collecting pollen and leaving some at each plant to fertilize the flowers
small spores from a plant that appear as a dust, necessary for plant reproduction, contain the DNA of plants; used by bees for food
a small door or opening, here it's in the ceiling
a yellowish moldable substance produced by bees and used by them for making the honeycomb (also called beeswax)
to search for food or supplies
a plant that has three leaves and white or purple flowers, a source of nectar for bees
a device with blades that is made to turn rapidly by an engine to move something, used especially for propelling airplanes and ships
Pollen Baskets
an area on the back legs of bees where they store pollen during pollination, also called honey sacs
when the water on the surface heats up and turns into gas
a hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter or protection
How many bees live in a colony in a hive?
A colony of honey bees in early spring has 10,000-15,000 bees.
A colony of honey bees in summer has 50-60,000 bees.
How many flowers must a bee tap to make one pound of honey?
Two million
How far does a hive of bees fly to bring you one pound of honey?
Over 55,000 miles
How much honey does the worker bee make in her lifetime?
1/10 teaspoon
How fast does a honeybee fly?
A honey bee flies up to 15 mph and its wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats / minute.
How long have bees been producing honey from flowering plants?
About 10-20 million years
How many wings does a bee have?
How many eyes does a bee have?
Five. Two with compound lens, and three light sensors on top of her head.
How many sides does each honeycomb cell have?
How many flowers does a honey bee visit during one collection trip?
How do honeybees communicate with each other?
By dancing. Honeybees do a dance which alerts other bees where nectar and pollen is located. The dance explains direction and distance.
How many pounds of honey can be harvested from a single bee colony?
More than 100 pounds
How many Queen Bees are in a colony and how many eggs do they lay?
A normal colony of honey bees contains only one Queen who may lay 2,000 eggs per day during her busy season
How many Worker Bees are in a colony?
60,000 or more
How many Drone Bees are in a colony?
several hundred
How many bees does it take to gather a pound of honey?
10,000 worker bees
What color is honey?
Honey varies in color from white through golden to dark brown and usually the darker the color the stronger the flavor.
How long is the average honeybee life?
About 6 weeks during the working season
Why is honey one of the safest foods?
Most harmful bacteria cannot live in honey for any length of time
How much water is in nectar? How much in honey?
Nectar when gathered by bees is about 70% water. Honey is about 17% water.
How many bees are needed to pollinate one acre of fruit trees?
One colony of bees (around 30,000 or more bees). Pollination success increases if there are more honey bees present at the time of peak flowering.
How do bees remove the excess moisture (extra water) from nectar to make honey?
Bees remove the excess moisture from nectar by rapidly fanning their wings over the open cells in the hive.
Are bees more valuable for honey or pollinating crops?
The value of bees pollinating fruits, vegetables and legumes is 10 times the value of honey produced. Natural pollinators are disappearing rapidly and each year we become more dependent on honey bees for many of our daily foods.
How far do bees fly to gather a pound of honey?
Bees fly the equivalent of more than twice around the world to gather a pound of honey.