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Bees!

  1. 1. Bees!<br />
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  3. 3. Bee Facts<br />There are 20,000 plus known species of bees.<br />Honey bee’s fly at 15 miles per hour<br />Honey bee’s wings flap 11,400 beats each minute – thus the buzzing sound they make.<br />Bees communicate by dancing and producing pheromones (scents).<br />
  4. 4. Bees are designed for feeding on nectar and pollen.<br />Nectar for energy<br />Pollen for protein and other nutrients<br />Most pollen is used for the larvae.<br />
  5. 5. Colony Life<br />A honey bee colony life is perennial – which means it lasts for maybe two years at most.<br />There are three types of bees:<br />Queen<br />Drone<br />Worker<br />There may be 10’s of thousands of individuals in a single colony<br />
  6. 6. 3 types of bees:<br />Worker<br />Female<br />Have glands that produce wax and they shape the wax into the honeycomb shape of the bee hive<br />Travels outside the hive to collect pollen and nectar.<br />
  7. 7. Drone<br />Male<br />No stingerRole in the hive: mate with the queen.<br />If this bee has not mated with the queen by winter, it is kicked out of the hive.<br />
  8. 8. Queen<br />Largest in the hive<br />Mates with drones<br />Produces royal jelly – which is fed to larvae and the queen herself<br />Lays 1,500 to 2,400 eggs per day<br />Queens can live up to 6 years, but generally live in a hive for 2 years<br />Produces a pheromone “queen substance” that holds the colony together and promotes the workers to maintain the hive.<br />
  9. 9. Bee movie clip<br />
  10. 10. Why is a bee important?<br />Pollination<br />It is estimated that over 1/3 of the human food supply is dependent on bees and pollination<br />Cabbage Grapes<br />Bell peppers Squash<br />Watermelon Lemon<br />Cucumber Lime<br />Apples Mango<br />Tomato Apricot<br />
  11. 11. Pollination happens when the bees travel to different plants and spread pollen that has collected on the abdomens and legs of the bees.<br />
  12. 12. Honey in Mongolia<br />In the book Mongolia: the Bradt Travel Guide (2008) the following information about bees was found:<br />Around 1,500 swarms of bees are registered in Mongolia<br />In 1959 only 20 swarms were registered<br />Bee keeping has been developed in several different amigas including Selenge, Darkhan, and elsewhere.<br />ÖvörkhangiAmiag produces up to 30 tons of honey each year<br />

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