Bee Facts

Honeybee Comb

History of Bees

Flowers and bees first lived in 100,000,000 BC, the age of the dinosaurs.

Apiarists believe that Egyptians were the first beekeepers. They kept bees in clay and mud hives.

Pilgrims brought the first honeybees to America. There were honeybees in California by 1820.

In recent times, bees have built a honeycomb in zero gravity on a space shuttle and scientists have discovered genes of a bee that lived 25 million years ago.

Life Cycle of Bees

A queen lays soft white eggs in the comb. The egg stage takes place during days 1 – 3.

In three days, the egg hatches into a larva. Workers feed it bee milk and bee bread. It spins a cocoon around itself. The larva stage takes place during days 4-9.

In the cocoon, the larva turns into a pupa. It has eyes, wings and legs and looks more like a bee. This stage starts on day 10 and potentially lasts through days 16-23, depending on what kind of bee it is.

This is the final stage in the complete metamorphosis of a bee. It is now fully grown and will chew its way out of the cell. It becomes an adult somewhere in between days 16-24, depending on what kind of bee it is.

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