BRONZE

All About Bees

My slide show is about bees and why they matter!
Hiba Farhan
Grade 5

Problem

I want to know about bees, their purposes and how we can save them!

Method

I am going to research on the internet or books and try to gather all the information I can while writing the in my own writing. 

 

Research

A bee is an insect related to ants and wasps. Bees can also fly and they produce a sweet substance called honey. Many people think that bees are a threat but they actually hold the whole food chain! There are about 2 trillion bees on the surface of Earth. Bees are in the Apoidea superfamily. The scientific name for a bee is Anthophila.

Have it with toast, have it with cereal, even have it with your tea. Honey’s got it all but, does it really matter how it’s made? Actually, it does! Honey starts out as pollen in the ends of the stamen. The bees then pollinate the flower by sticking it on their legs. Now, the bees take the pollen to honey making honeybees. Not to ruin honey for you but did you know that honey is really bee spit?

When you see a bee or a wasp, usually, you would think it’s a bee or vice versa. Even though they are members of the same order of insects, Hymenoptera. They have different body features. A bees body is hairy while a wasps is smooth and shiny. Wasps are also more aggressive than a bee. Bees only attack when they are provoked. Now, when you see a bee or wasp, you can tell the difference between the two!

A world without bees means no more stings and pain from bees but it also means the end of life as we know it! But why? Bees pollinate all the crops and flowers. Honey is used in tea and is sometimes even fed to the elderly or sick. Without crops, all humans on Earth will have NO ACCESS to fruit and vegetables. Before the fruit/vegetable is on a bush or tree, the flower of that certain fruit needs to be pollinated, without a bee pollinating it, the fruit/vegetable can’t grow!

The beehive is the one place where the delicious honey is made, but what really happens inside? A beehive is made up of hexagonal cells made up of beeswax called honeycomb. These are used to store honey, pollen (A.K.A food) and to brood eggs, larvae and pupae. There are 3 types of bees in a beehive. A worker bee, a drone and the queen. 

Worker bee:Worker bees do most of the work in the hive. They are female and can’t reproduce. Their job includes housekeeping, feeding the queen, drones and larvae, collecting the pollen and nectar and making the wax.

Drone:The drone bee is a male. They don’t have stingers and they don’t gather nectar or pollen. Unlike the worker bee, they only have one existing job. It’s job is to mate with an unfertilized queen.

Queen:The queen bee is the queen of the hive. She is responsible for laying the eggs which become worker bees and drones. The queen be usually lays 1 million eggs in her lifetime.When a queen bee dies, several bees are crowned but there can only be one queen so, the bees do a battle to the death. When there is only one queen bee left, she is crowned queen.

 Egg: The life cycle of all insects, including honey bees all starts with an egg. When it is winter, the queen lays eggs which make up the colony of drones and workers. The fertilized eggs become workers while the unfertilized eggs become drones

 Larva: The larva stage is when the egg has become larger and now looks like a cocoon. The larva needs food so the workers (Female) feed the larva a worker jelly which keeps their stomach full.

Pupa: The pupa stage is when the young bee starts growing it’s hairy body and colour. This is the ¾ mark of a bee’s growing stage.

 Adult: The adult stage is when he bee is fully developed and ready to do it’s part around the hive. It doesn’t have to live in a honeycomb anymore.

None of us could get enough of the sweet sensation in your mouth, could you? Did you know that there is many types of honey mixes and batches made from our favourite, local honeybees. Let’s talk about one of the most expensive types of honey that comes from New Zealand! This honey is pure gold! It is not made from Canada but from one of the most unique and diverse countries in the world, New Zealand! Manuka honey comes from the Manuka flower which only blooms for 2-6 weeks per year. Manuka honey can only be produced in some areas. That is why beehives in New Zealand are located in some of the most remote locations! Many types of honey can only be made by that specific type of flower.

  • Clover Honey.
  • Buckwheat Honey.
  • Acacia Honey.
  • Manuka Honey.
  • Wildflower Honey.
  • Tupelo Honey.
  • Orange Blossom Honey.
  • Sourwood Honey

Year after year, bees are dying because of pesticide, diseases and more. Here are a few tips to keep the bees from Extinction!

  1. Stop spraying pesticide in your garden. 
  2. Keep trees for future beehives.
  3. Plant some flowers for bees.
  4. Keep some water for the bees.
  5. Support local beekeepers.
  6. Share your bee knowledge to others.

 

Data

https://7esl.com/parts-of-a-bee-vocabulary/

This is a diagram I have used for my slide show!

Conclusion

After researching for about a month and a few weeks, I have finally completed my research and slide presentation. I have added the last finishing touches. Now, I know what to do to help bees from extinction!

Acknowledgement

Special thanks to:

 my mother, Zohra for giving me the courage

My father, Farhan for helping me stay on topic

And Extra special thanks to my teacher, Mr. Sheidegger helping me with the work!