Bee Terms to Learn
by Lisa Hawkins
These activities go along with my other articles about bees. View them all to get the complete unit study.
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.