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Bees For Kids

It's All About The Bees

Bees  are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants

Wasps

Mud Dauber Wasp Mud Dauber Wasp Nest
Mud Dauber Wasp
Mud Dauber Wasp Nest

Paper Wasp Paper Wasp Nest
Paper Wasp
Paper Wasp Nest

Ants

Black Headed Sugar Ants Black Headed Sugar Ants Nest
Black Headed Sugar Ants
Black Headed Sugar Ants Nest

Small Black House Ant Small Black House Ants nest everywhere
Small Black House Ant
They nest everywhere
Honey Bees

Honey Bees Honey Bees
They pollinate flowers and collect Pollen and Nectar
Then they produce honey and beeswax
Honey Bees
No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. For centuries, beekeepers have raised honey bees, harvesting the sweet honey they produce and relying on them to pollinate crops. Honey bees pollinate more than one-third of all the food crops we consume.

Introduction to the Bee of Australia

Introduction to the Bee of Australia
The honeybee is not native to Australia. The colonists who came to Australia in its early days missed so many of the comforts and treats of “home” (England), they tried to introduce many of them to their new country. Plants, trees, animals, birds and many other reminders of home were introduced during those early years.

In the early 1820’s the honeybee was brought to Australia aboard the ship Isabella. She arrived in our waters in 1822 and adapted so successfully that other bee species were introduced from Italy, Yugoslavia and North America.

All honeybees are social and cooperative insects

Worker, Drone and Queen
Worker (left) | Drone (middle) | Queen (right)
The Queen Bee
The Queen is the centre of the hive: She accompanies every-swarm that you see.
When, for any reason the colony needs a new Queen; extra royal jelly is fed to chosen larvae in the cells. The first young Queen to emerge from the pupa destroys all other developing Queens in the cells, then sets out on her mating flight after five to twelve days. After mating the young Queen has much to do. With her eggs fertile, she must return swiftly to the hive. The old Queen will have left with a swarm beforehand. The new Queen, closely surrounded by worker bees who feed and groom her, can lay up to one egg every minute day and night.
The Drones
Drones are the future fathers of the bee colony (rather a very small number of them will be). Shorter than the Queen, drones are larger than the workers. They have no accomplishments other than being patient. They cannot make wax, have no proboscis for collecting pollen or nectar, and have no pollen pikes on their legs. They are never called on to defend the hive so they have no need for a sting.

Drones rarely feed themselves – instead, they hold out their tongues and a worker bee places food on it. They are truly gentlemen in waiting. They are waiting for the day when a young Queen will fly from the hive. When a new Queen flies from the hive she joins the drones, who are already circling in drone congregation areas: The swiftest drones will catch and mate with the Queen, but their life is short. After mating, they will float back to earth and be dead by the time they reach the ground: They have helped to bring new life to the colony and their work is finished. The remaining drones return to the hive either to be driven out or to die there during the winter or when a shortage of food occurs.

Worker Bees
The main section of the hind pair of legs has special spines for holding pollen or propolis (a kind of gum). The centre legs are the bees’ main support, but all six legs are variously equipped with brushes, combs an spurs with which to brush pollen from the eyes, clean the antennae, wipe dust from the wings and pack pollen spines. The tongue and mandibles are used to lick and collect pollen grains from the anthers of flowers, with the result that the pollen grains are moistened with honey and stick together. The pollen is then transferred to the hind legs and held firmly until the forager enters the hive, when it is then packed in cells.

Development Stages of the Queen, Worker and Drone
Development Stages of the Queen, Worker and Drone
The Queen is also the largest bee and her body is specially formed for egg-laying-so that the eggs can be placed a little above the centre of the cells in the honeycomb. Before depositing her eggs, she inspects each cell to be sure it is properly cleaned by the workers. Just think of her effort and industry!
Larvae and Eggs
The queen honey bee lays up to 1,500 eggs per day, and may lay up to 1 million in her lifetime.
Lifespan of a Bee
Lifespan of a bee
Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour
Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour
They will often forage up to 8 kilometers from their hive
A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees
A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees
Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens
Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens.
Candles and soap made from Bees Wax
Candles and soap made from Bees Wax
An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day
An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day
A single honey bee worker produces about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day
It would take 6 Bee’s to make this much Honey
So we must look after our Bee’s so that we can do this
So we must look after our Bee’s so that we can do this

Upcoming Events
Jul
4
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Jul
16
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Aug
1
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Aug
20
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Sep
5
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Sep
17
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Oct
3
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Oct
15
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Nov
7
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Nov
19
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members