Bet you never thought bees could become endangered. You thought wrong. The number of bees is quickly dwindling in the United States and around the world. Take this quiz to find out more about bees and what’s threatening their existence.
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A group of bees is usually called a:
While whales live in a pod and swans live in a bevy, bees live in a colony.
What is colony collapse disorder?
The term colony collapse disorder (or CCD) was coined in 2006 when bees began mysteriously disappearing at alarming rates. Bee keepers are still baffled as to why bees are disappearing, but some possible explanations for CCD are parasites, environmental stresses, poor nutrition and pesticides.
A queen be can be identified by her:
Usually, the queen is longer than the workers or the drones. Since she has a longer abdomen, her wings can actually appear shorter.
All bees are capable of stinging.
Many species of bee are incapable of stinging.
Which of the following facts about honey is false?
It is unknown exactly when humans began collecting honey, but cave paintings suggest that humans may have begun searching for the sweet substance as early as 7000 B.C.
What’s the average lifespan of a queen bee?
Unlike her fellow bees who only live for a few months, a queen bee’s lifespan ranges from two to five years.
Only male bees sting.
Whether or not a bee can sting depends on what kind of bee it is, not its sex.
CCD has implications other than bee endangerment.
Bees are responsible for the upkeep of various crops. So, besides adversely affecting honey production, a dwindling bee population could mean bad things for the fruit, vegetable and nut industries.
About how many species of bees are there?
Bees can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica.
To what kingdom does the bee belong?
Insecta is the bees class, its phylum is Anthropoda and its superfamily is Apoidea.