In a honeybee hive, there are three different types of
bees. Each hive has one queen bee. She is female and
she grows bigger than the rest of the bees. Her job is to
lay all the eggs in the beehive. She is the mother of every
bee in the hive. During the spring and summer, the queen bee can lay
hundreds, or even thousands, of eggs in a single day.
The queen is surrounded by many bees who are
always feeding and cleaning her. These are the worker
bees. They are female too. They do not lay eggs.
The workers do a lot more than take care of the queen. They
make a special wax that comes from their bodies. This wax is
used to make honeycombs. Honeycombs have thousands of little
six-sided compartments in which the honey is stored. The
honey is food for each baby bee growing in one of the
compartments. The workers help take care of the
larvae. They fly out of the hive and find flowers with sweet
nectar so they can make honey.
A honeybee hive also has many drone bees. The
drones are male. They are very lazy compared to the female
worker bees. Their only job is to mate with the queen to
help her make more bees. They are the fathers of every bee
in the hive.
Answer the questions below.
types of bees in a honeybee hive.
The queen and worker bees are
During the spring and summer, a queen bee can lay how many eggs a
hundreds or even
The male bees are called
bees make a special wax used to build honeycombs.
bee is the mother to all of the bees in a beehive.
bees are the fathers to all of the bees in a beehive.
The drone bees have one job which is:
make the honeycombs.
mate with the queen.
feed and clean the queen.
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