Worker bee
Worker bee
A bee gathering nectar
A bee gathering nectar
Worker bees making honey
Worker bees making honey
Close-up of a bee
Close-up of a bee
Topic(s):   Chaparral Animals, Insects, Invertebrates
Quick Facts
Type of Animal insect
Habitat any place that has flowering plants
Diet nectar and pollen from plants
Larva A soft, white egg placed in a honeycomb cell and hatches into larva.
Pupa The cell is sealed off until the pupa turns into an adult bee.
Adult The adult chews out of its cell. Three types of adults are queen, drone and worker.
Size 1/2 inch to 2/3 inch (12 millimeters to 17 millimeters)
Lifespan worker bees live about 40-50 days; queen bees up to 5 years.
Predators birds, dragonflies
Endangered no

A bee is a flying insect closely related to the wasp and the ant. Bees live on every continent except Antarctica. In North America, the most common bee is the sweat bee.

A bee has antennae and two pairs of wings. A bee flaps its wings 11,000 times each minute. Its fast moving wings make the buzzing noise.

A bee has a long nose called a proboscis. It uses its long nose to get nectar from flowers. The nectar is used to make honey. Honey is made inside the hive of bees. Many people enjoy eating honey.

A bee gets pollen on its wings and body when it collects nectar. The bee takes the pollen to other flowering plants. This helps plants to grow. Most vegetables and fruits need pollen from other plants to grow.

A bee does not try to sting people. If you get too close to its hive, a bee will sting. If a bee is buzzing around you, stand still or run away. If you try to hit a bee, it may sting you.

Some people are allergic to the sting. If a bee stings someone, get help immediately.

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