Bees are flying insects. Like most insects, bees have six legs and four wings. Bees make honey and beeswax. There are many thousands of kinds of bees. They are found in most parts of the world.
Bees get their food from flowers. Bees fly from flower to flower to drink a sweet juice called nectar. Bees use nectar to make honey. The bees also pick up tiny grains called pollen. Bees eat both honey and pollen. When bees visit flowers, they spread pollen from one flower to another. This action is called pollination. Many plants cannot produce seeds without pollination. In this way, bees help plants to grow.
A female bee has a stinger at the end of her body. Females use the stinger to defend themselves. However, some bees bite to defend themselves. They are called stingless bees.
Bees can be divided into two groups— solitary bees and social bees. Most bees are solitary bees. This means that they live alone. Honey bees are social bees. Social bees live and work in large groups called colonies.
Honey bees live in homes called hives. A hive contains one queen bee, thousands of worker bees, and hundreds of drones (male bees). The queen is the only female that lays eggs. The workers also are females. They perform a variety of jobs. For example, they gather food. They also build and protect the hive. The only job of drones is to mate with queens.
Bees are an important part of nature. Many plants need bees to help them reproduce. Bees are also helpful to people. People eat honey or use it to make various foods. People also use beeswax to make candles and other products. People use bees to pollinate many crops.
Bee. (2020). In World Book Kids. Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/home#article/ar830250