Lesson Tutor : Bee vocabulary and terms to learn

Bee Terms to Learn
by Lisa Hawkins

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Abdomen – rear section of bee that contains the stinger and other organs.

Antennae – sensors on the bees head that are used to smell with.

Barb – pointy thorns that stick out of the stinger making it hard to remove.

Bee Dance – used to show other bees where nectar/flowers are.

Beekeeper – someone who cares for and raises bees.

Colony – a group of bees living together.

Compound Eye – large eye with many sections which enable a bee to see all around.

Drone – Male bee whose only job is to mate with the queen.

Hive – a bees home, where it lives with other bees and produces honey.

Honey – food produced by bees.

Honeycomb – area where honey is stored, also called cells.

Insect – an animal with an exoskeleton, 3 body parts and 6 legs.

Larvae – second stage of bee, grub like stage, eats beebread.

Mandibles – plier like jaws that are part of the bees mouth.

Nectar – the sweet juice produced by flowers, gathered by bees and turned into honey.

Nurse Bee – the bees that take care of the eggs, larvae and pupas.

Pollen – small spores from a plant that appear as a dust and are necessary for plant reproduction.

Pollen basket – area where bees carry the pollen on their bodies (hind legs).

Pollination – the act of transferring pollen from one flower to the other.

Proboscis – combined area of tongue and mandibles.

Queen Bee – the only bee that produces eggs.

Scout Bee – the bee that goes out and looks for flowers/nectar.

Spiracles – holes in the sides of bees which they breathe through.

Swarm – when a new queen leaves the hive with other bees to start a new hive.

Thorax – the middle section of the bees body, where the legs are connected.

Wax – produced by bees to make the hive cells.

Worker Bee – guards hive, gathers nectar, makes honey, repairs hive and cleans it. All workers are female bees.

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