The Honeybee Essay

1441 words - 6 pages

Norwood Hodges

Mr. Connell English 9

14 February 2014

The Astonishing Creature

There are tons of astounding creatures in this world. Ones of different size, shape, and color. Yet, the one most humans do not think about is the honeybee. A quick Google search of honey bee defines the insect as, “a stinging winged insect that collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey, and lives in large communities. The honeybee was domesticated for its honey and usually lives in hives.” While researching information about the honeybee I realized just how helpful and interesting the insect is. However, they can be a huge burden. My goal in this paper is to state accurate information and ...view middle of the document...

Worker bees have very strict diets, so their sex organs do not develop. Occasionally, worker bees will skip the diet and “pig out”, but this does not happen on purpose. When a worker bee skips its diet, its sex organs grow and develop. Female worker bees whose organs develop are called drones. Drones are the male bees of the hive. Once the drone's organs are fully developed, they impregnate the queen bee. Since, the worker bees only have a life span of six weeks, the queen constantly has to lay eggs. Queen bees are born with two pouches. One pouch is filled with eggs and the other one is empty. The empty pouch is called the spermatheca. Once a queen is birthed, it immediately forages out and mates with around seventeen to twenty drones. The drones fill the spermatheca with sperm. This gives the queen a life time supply of fertile eggs that she can lay whenever she pleases. Research shows that one queen bee can lay around two-thousand eggs in one day! The queen bee is the actual “queen” of the hive. The worker bees do as they are told. When a queen bee leaves the hive and finds a new home, the rest of the bees will follow her. Whenever people are trying to start a hive they always capture a queen bee, because they know the rest of the hive will follow after her.

Honeybees are one of the most important pollinators in our wold. A honeybee's body is very fuzzy, meaning things can attach to them very easily. This is why honeybees are great pollinators. When a honeybee lands on a flower, pollen attaches to their abdomen. This is not done on purpose. As they move from flower to flower the carry the pollen on their abdomen and spread it to different flowers. Worker bees concentrate on one type of flower each day. Since, the honeybee is rather small they can pollinate all different shapes and sizes of flowers. Also, high winds can blow pollen off the honeybee, which then continues fertilizing flowers. These are reasons why the honeybees are such wonderful pollinators. Cucumbers, squash, watermelons, cherries, okra, chestnuts, and papayas are some of the many crops that honeybees pollinate.

Most people know the honeybee for the “waggle dance”. When food is close to the hive, the worker bee does this round dance. She preforms this dance by running in tight, narrow circles. She changes direction of the circle every time. The worker bee does this dance several times in one spot, and then moves to a different part of the hive to repeat the dance again. For food sources that are a greater distance from the hive, the worker bees preform the sickle dance. Worker bees preform the sickle dance by rapidly making crescent-shaped motions. Both the round dance and the sickle dance only communicate the location of the food. When food sources are a half mile away or longer, the waggle dance is preformed. The waggle dance is a dance done by a worker bee to let other worker bees know the direction and distance of the source of food. To preform the waggle...

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