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Solitary Bees

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PIC: ASHY MINING BEE

90% of bee species throughout the world are solitary bees.

We have 77 Solitary bees in Ireland.

They build individual nests for their young.

They don’t have a queen.

They don’t make honey.

Bumblebees

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PIC: GARDEN BUMBLEBEE

The most recognisable of our native wild bees are the big furry Bumblebees.

We have 21 different Bumblebees in Ireland.

Nests can have hundreds of bees.

The queen runs the nest.

They don’t make honey.

Honey Bees

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PIC: HONEY BEE

The honey bee is only 1 of our 99 species of bee in Ireland.

They are kept in hives.

A healthy hive can house up to 80,000 bees!

The queen can live for a number of years.

They make honey.

A FUN INTERACTIVE PAGE WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY  HELP TO INTRODUCE

KIDS TO THE WONDERS OF BEES

AND PIQUE THEIR INTEREST IN NATURE.

WE WILL UPDATE IT MONTHLY WITH

NEW FACTS AND QUIZ QUESTIONS

TO KEEP IT FRESH AND RELEVANT.

ENJOY AND LEARN.

 

BEE ART GALLERY

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fun bee facts

BEE FACT

Bee brains are about the size of a sesame seed..

..but they are highly intelligent
can add/subtract and solve puzzles
and recognise faces.

BEE FACT

Only new queen bumblebees survive over winter..

Male bumblebees and female workers only live for a few weeks during the spring and summer.

BEE FACT

90% of bees are Solitary Bees..

They build individual nests, don't have a queen and don't make honey!

fun bee facts

BEE FACT

Bees have five eyes!
Yes five eyes..

Two large compound eyes on the side of their head and three simple eyes near the top of their head.

BEE FACT

There are 20,000 different species of bee in the world..

..but 8,000 of these species are threatened with extinction!

BEE FACT

When Bumblebees visit a flower they leave behind a smell..

that tells other bees that they have been there and the nectar is gone!

fun bee facts

BEE FACT

Bees are capable of flying higher than Mount Everest.

That's 29,000 feet above sea level!

BEE FACT

Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers..

Nectar provides energy and nutrients.
Pollen is a source of protein mostly fed to the their young.

BEE FACT

Male Bumblebees can't sting..

They don't have a stinger!

february quiz

How many species of bee do we have in Ireland?

A. 20
B. 200
C. 99

Answer

C.
There are 99 species of bee in Ireland

Many bees carry collected pollen in..

A. Pollen Baskets
B. Pollen Bags
C. Pollen Boxes

Answer

A.
Pollen Baskets.
On their hind legs.

Bumblebees used to be known as..

A. Stumblebees
B. Humblebees
C. Crumblebees

Answer

B.
Humblebees.
Because of the humming sound they make as they fly by.

bee quiz

In Ireland, how many of our bee species are in trouble?

A. none
B. One third
C. One quarter

Answer

B.
One third of our native wild bees are in threatened with extinction.

Which type of bee dies after stinging?

A. Bumblebee
B. Solitary Bee
C. Honey Bee

Answer

C.
Honey Bee.

Which Harry Potter character is named after an old English word for Bumblebees?

A. Hermione Granger
B. Rubeus Hagrid
C. Albus Dumbledore

Answer

C.
Albus Dumbledore.

february quiz

How long have bees been around?

A. 130 years
B. 130 million years
C. 1300 years

Answer

B. 130 million years!

How many wings do bees have?

A. 4
B. 2
C. 6

Answer

A.
4.
But they are hooked together on each side so it looks like only 2.

Which of these is a type of solitary bee?

A. Chocolate Mining Bee
B. Fudge Mining Bee
C. Toffee Mining Bee

Answer

A.
Chocolate Mining Bee.

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Be a Bee Hero
Help Save our Wild Bees

Bees and butterflies and all the little insects are in trouble.

We need to help them.

They do so much work for us and are so important that we would not be able to enjoy the lives we have without them here.

Can you imagine no butterflies to chase around, no sound of buzzing bees busy working in flowers?

Neither can we! 

So we need to help them.

Quickly.

Will you help?

5 easy things you can do for bees

 

grow loads of flowers

 

leave loads of areas of long grass in your garden

 

blow a dandelion when its white a fluffy and let the seed grow into loads more dandelions

 

tell your friends and family how cool bees are

 

grow an organic sunflower this summer