Honey Bee Vocabulary

Honey Bee Vocabulary

  • 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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