Friday, February 5, 2010

Science: Day 15

Fun Googling Bees

We've been sick again, so we are not doing a lot, but on the way to the pediatrician this afternoon, the kids were speculating, randomly, about bees, so when we got home, we googled a lot of bee information. We learned that:

1. Bees poop
2. Bees likely fart
3. What constitutes a queen bee -- the only fertile female in the hive
4. How queen bees are different -- only fertile ones, larger, "run" the hive
5. How queen bees are made -- they are fed "royal jelly" exclusively, while most bees only get a small amount of it
6. What royal jelly is -- a milky substance secreted from the heads of worker bees to feed bee larvae. Causes the queen alone to be sexually mature
7. How honey is made -- pollen transferred to hive by bees in their honey stomach, taken by other bees, chewed, digested and regurgitated into honey, fanned with wings to help it dry, then trapped in the honey cell by wax.
8. What honey is made of -- pollen
9. How a bee flies -- it's wings beat around 230 beats per second, when hovering, and possibly even faster when it is transferring a full honey stomach full of honey to the hive
10. Why bees sting -- rarely away from hive unless threatened, near hive to prevent attack or destruction of the hive
11. How bees sting -- use their barbed stingers, tears free from body and quickly leads to bee's death. Originally designed as a defense mechanism for bees to protect the hive from other bees. Queens can sting multiple times, as they have no barbs on their stingers, but rarely leave the hive, so generally only sting other bees

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