Facts About Bees and Wasps



  • Bees and wasps are narrow-waisted insects.
  • The maw parts of a bee. (usually with hairy bodies). Many suck nectar from flowers.
  • There are 22,000 species of bee. Some, like leaf-cutter bees, live alone. But most, like honey bees and bumble bees, live in vast colonies.
  • Honey bees live in hives, either in hollow trees or in man-made beehive boxes. The inside of the hive is a honeycomb made up of hundreds of six-sided cells.
  • A honey bee colony has a queen (the female bee that lays the eggs), tens of thousands of female worker bees, and a few hundred male drones.
  • Worker bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers.
  • Each worker bee makes ten trips a day and visits 1,000 flowers each trip. It takes 65,000 trips to 65 million flowers to make 1 kg of honey.
  • Honey bees tell others where to find flowers rich in pollen or nectar by flying in a special dance-like pattern.
  • Wasps do not make honey, but feed on nectar, fruit juice or tiny creatures. Many species have a nasty sting in their tail.
  • Paper wasps build huge papier mache nests the size of footballs, containing 15,000 or more cells.
  • Paper wasps make papier mache for their nest by chewing wood and mixing it with their spit.