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  • Bee Quizz 1: Test Your Knowledge !!

    10 posts, 6 voices, 1267 views, started Jul 8, 2012

    Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2012 by Nathalie Girard




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      1.Do bees sleep?
      2.How many different things does a bee fetch outside the hive?
      3.How many eggs can a queen lay per day during summer?
      4.How fast can a bee fly?
      5.How many times can a bee sting you?

      Answers coming up this week!





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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 8, 2012
        • I think I only know the answer to how many times a bee can sting..... Once.

          Looking forward to knowing all the answers



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          Tuliplady wrote Jul 8, 2012
        • 1.  No, but they spend a lot of time just lounging around the hive.
          2. Technically, 3. Pollen, nectar, water
          3. LOTS!!!!
          4. not sure
          5. once



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          Marya1961 wrote Jul 9, 2012
        • I know that a bee can only sting once...great questions!
          Looking forward also to the answers.happy



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Jul 12, 2012
        • Answers:  

          1.Bees don't really sleep, but they do rest.  A bee's day consist in resting, walking around the hive and orking, all in equal proportions.  These activities are done andomly from a few minutes to half an hour. Resting bees often take weird positions, with legs sticking out in bizarre angles and bodies jammed in corners.  Even though bees seem to walk around aimlessly in the hive, they are actually passing around food and pheromones. They  look into cells and feed hungry larvae, and find work here and there that needs to be done. They also perform some dances that we know must mean something but don't understand yet.



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Jul 12, 2012
        • 2.Four. They fetch pollen and nectar for food, water and propolis.

           Nectar is used to make honey; bees use it as energy food. They fetch it from flowers and store it in their honey stomach, a kind of bag inside their bodies. A valve prevents the honey to be digested unless the bee requires some. Once in the hive, it is regurgitated and passed on from bee to bee until it is stored.  

          Pollen is the protein food. Pollen is a kind of powder found on flowers. When bees land on flowers to take nectar, pollen sticks on their bodies and is transferred from flower to flower, therefore pollinating these flowers (bees only fetch nectar and pollen from one type of flower at a time).  When they go specifically to fetch some, they store it on their hinder legs, making small pellets.  Pollen can be many different colors. Most of the time it is different shades of  yellow, but it can be red, purple, blue, brown and bright orange.  

          Water is needed to dilute honey and cool the hive when it's very hot outside.  

          Propolis is a sticky dark-colored material collected from buds that is then mixed with wax. Bees use this to fill small gaps. It is also has antibiotic and anti-viral properties for the nest.  It is carried as pollen, on their hinder legs. Contrary to pollen, it is shiny and looks like it is liquid. Pollen seems more compact and doesn't shine.

          These substances are carried one at a time and are fetched to satisfy the colony's needs of the moment, although some bees bring back nectar and pollen as well. Nectar is always needed, so it is constantly incoming and stored as long as there is room. Pollen is stored in small quantities but water and propolis are not stored at all.



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Jul 12, 2012
        • 3.A queen can lay up to 2000 eggs a day when nectar is flowing!!

          4.Average speed of foragers is between 25-30 km/h (15-18 mph), depending on the load carrying -this can be up to 70 mg (0.002 oz); 40mg (0.0014oz)of nectar and 30mg (0.0011 oz)of pollen. A forager will make an average of 10 to 15 trips a day, but those specialized in nectar can make up to 150! They will fly up to 800 km (497 miles)and their short life span.  

          5.Once. The bee dies after stinging



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          Linda L wrote Jul 12, 2012
        • That was very interesting and informative. Thank you for educating us about bees!



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Jul 16, 2012
        • Sorry, I forgot to convert the km into miles, but now it’s done! :)
          Question; what is smaller than an ounce??



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