Ever wonder how a honey bee (Apis mellifera) hive "works"? Inside the hive functions a highly organized society with intricate divisions of labor. Most of the work is done by workers, or sterile female bees. The workers build the honeycomb of wax they generate from glands under their abdomens. They also raise the young, forage for pollen to feed the larvae and nectar to make honey, and protect the nest from predators. Work is age-related: the worker starts out as a cleaner and then passes through the roles of nurse, builder, guard, and, finally, forager. 

Solitary and Social Bees Lesson Plan

Interactive Bee & Wasp Identification

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