Busy Bees

Busy Bees


Hi everyone! Squeaks and I are enjoying a
beautiful day outside the fort! Oh, look, there’s a bee. Oh! It landed on
that flower! Let’s watch and see what it does. We’ll get a little closer, but not bother
it! There it goes, buzzing off to find another
flower! You know, bees are some of my favorite animals
to watch! They always seem so…busy! But do you ever wonder what they do all day? You might already know that bees are insects…like
ants and beetles. Like all insects, bees have six legs and three
body parts. In bees, these body parts are often brown
or yellow…and sometimes they’re striped with both colors! Bees also have four wings. When their wings move back and forth fast
enough to make them fly, they make a buzzing sound that we think of when we hear the word
“bee”! And there’s another part of the bee that
you’ve probably heard about: the stinger. BUT! Not all bees have stingers! And the ones that do, don’t sting unless
they have a really good reason to… …Like when they’re frightened…or to
protect themselves…or to chase other animals away from their nest. There are lots of different kinds of bees.
But the two kinds that you’ve probably seen most often are bumblebees and honeybees. Bumblebees are easy to spot, because they’re
big and fluffy. Honeybees are a little smaller, and don’t
look like they’re covered in fuzz the way bumblebees do. Both kinds of bees make honey, but bumblebees
only make a little, while honeybees produce a lot of that sweet sticky stuff! And both kinds of bees also live in big groups,
inside nests that we call hives. Do you want to see inside a honeybee hive?
Let’s have a look! This bee is the queen. No, she doesn’t wear
a crown, but she does have a really important job. She stays in the hive all day, and lays
eggs…lots of them! After three or four days, these eggs will
hatch, and eventually grow into adult honeybees. Most of the other bees that live in the hive
are workers. And worker bees…yup, Squeaks, they do almost
all the work. There are lots of jobs for them to do…like
helping to build the hive, and keeping the hive clean. But their main job, the one that they do
almost all of the time, is to look for food. That’s what the bee that we saw was doing…she
was getting food from that flower. When a worker bee lands on a flower, she drinks
a sweet juice from the inside of the flower. This juice is called nectar. While she’s on the flower, the bee also
brushes up against the yellow dust that the flower makes. This dust is called pollen. So while she’s gathering nectar, the bee
also gets covered with pollen as she moves around on the flower. When the bee has as much nectar and pollen
as she can carry, she flies back to the hive. She feeds some of the nectar and the pollen
to the baby bees and to the queen…and then she turns most of the nectar into honey. Bees fly back and forth all day collecting
nectar and pollen from flowers, and taking it back to the hive. When it gets dark, they go back to the hive
and rest. And then they’re up early the next morning to start again! If you’ve ever heard the expression “busy
as a bee”… now you know why we say that! So if you see a bee, you don’t have to be
afraid of it… but do leave her alone and give her lots of room to get her work done. …and that work includes more than making
honey. . . it has something to do with pollen. Next time, we’ll see why when you bite into
a delicious apple…you should thank a bee. Thanks for joining us on SciShow Kids. Do
you have a question about insects or flowers or anything else? If so, get help from a grownup,
and let us know! You can leave us a comment below, or send us an email to [email protected] And we’ll see ya next time, here at the
fort.

88 thoughts on “Busy Bees”

  1. my name is Noah I am nearly 6, from Ireland. I would like to know how the human body makes blood. could you do a video on this? thanks. love your channel.

  2. Juli, 5yr old from Los Angeles wants to know, how do fans work. Thanks
    We love the scishow kids videos.!!

  3. Bees don't live in hives that hang on branches of trees! They normally live in hollow trees or some other cavity. As a beekeeper you would be amazed how often I get called to remove "bees" that turn out to be wasps!

  4. I like what you are doing, and I would love if you did a chanel for not just kids, you know maybe I want to know about things deeper than like this. 🙂

  5. Hi there, I teach young ESL students and I've stumbled upon your videos many times. It would be great to be able to use them for my classes, but I'm afraid that you talk too quickly for ESL students to understand. Just throwing it out there that it might be useful to non-native children if you slowed down just a bit. Really enjoy the content though!

  6. Our kindergarten class wants to know: Do all bees have wings? When bees move on the flower why does pollen get on them? Do all bees sting people? Do all bees have antennae? Do bees lay eggs? Do all bees have to help the queen? How do bees convert nectar into honey?

  7. My daughter Rylee would like to know why butterflies collect nectar and she really loves this video and your channel thank you for your time

  8. She's seems very over worked and drinks a lot of caffeine just to do her job on a daily basis. Great work never the less.

  9. I loved this video and it was really neat to learn more about honeybees. –Hadleigh, age 8

  10. Love your videos, but I wish you would speak a little slower so kids can better hear and comprehend what you are saying.

  11. It's pretty cool how bees make honey! But please never take their honey for you to eat! Bees work VERY hard to make the honey and they use it for food for their hive. Can you imagine working very hard to provide food for your family, and then someone just comes along and steals it? That's not fair at all! So please, let bees keep their honey. Try using animal-friendly sweeteners on your food instead, like brown sugar, agave nectar, or maple syrup! Mmmmm!

  12. If you enjoyed this video, you will also love the science videos from our friends at http://GenerationGenius.com/SciShow. They make science videos and lessons for kids in Grades K-5. Check 'em out!

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