The Ultimate Bee Quiz

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The Ultimate Bee Quiz
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There's something both sweet and frightening about bees. That they sting is and fly in swarms, frightens many people, but then there is all that honey. What is it about bees that we find so interesting? Take our quiz to learn more about these delightful honey makers.
What do bees feed on?
pollen and nectar
The diet of a bee consists primarily of pollen and nectar; they rely on the honey they produce during the winter months, when there isn't any nectar or pollen around.
insects
dead animals

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Approximately how many species of bees are there in the world?
1000
5000
10000
There are over 10,000 recorded species of bees, which differ in size, color, and social habits, among other things.

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The oldest bee fossils date back to when?
8 million years
80 million years
Scientists have found fossils of bees from more than 80 million years ago.
800 million years

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What is the average size of the largest species of bee?
1 1/2 inch long
The world's largest species of bee, Chalicodoma pluto, is about 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) long.
3 inches long
6 inches long

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About how many bees live in one colony?
10000
50000
A colony of bees can house as many as 50,000 members, which makes bees among the most socially cooperative insects in the world.
100000

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The world's smallest bees measure how long?
1/2 inch
1/8 inch
1/12 inch
The smallest bees in the world, Trigona minima, averages less than 1/12 of an inch, which is just two millimeters.

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At what speed to worker bees fly?
5 miles per hour
10 miles per hour
15 miles per hour
Worker bees can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour, which is quite impressive considering the size of their wings.

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How many bees does it take to make one pound of honey?
three
10
It takes 10 bees to collect enough nectar to produce one pound of honey. When you consider how much honey is on the market, you realize that's an astounding number of bees.
25

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A bee's body is divided into how many parts?
three
Bees and all other insects have a body made of three parts: head, thorax, and abdomen.
five
seven

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To which section of a bee's body are it's legs and wings attached?
the head
the thorax
Attached to a bee's thorax are a pair of wings, and three pairs of legs.
the abdomen

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Stingers evolved from an organ known as what?
ovipositor
Bees stingers evolved from an organ known as an ovipositor, which was originally used to lay eggs.
hemothorax
proboscis

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Why are bumblebees able to sting repeatedly?
They have many stingers.
They have a stinger with no barbs.
Most bees have a barbed stinger, which means that the stinger will get stuck inside it's victim. The stinger of a bumblebee has no barbs, so the bee can easily pull it out and use it again.
They break off small pieces of their stinger each time they sting something.

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What do bees use to collect pollen?
its tongue
its hair
A bee's body is covered with fine hairs, which collect pollen when they come into contact with it.
its legs

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The period of growth and development through which bees go is called what?
adolescence
gestation
metamorphosis
Bees and other insects develop into adults by a process known as metamorphosis, during which they turn from larva to pupa to adult.

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How long does the metamorphosis of a worker bee last?
three days
three weeks
The average worker bee will complete it's metamorphosis in just 21 days.
three months

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What is the lifespan of a worker bee?
six to eight weeks
The average worker bee lives around six to eight weeks.
six to eight months
six to eight years

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What are the three types of bees found in a colony?
king, queen, and drones
king, commoners, and workers
queen, drones, and workers
Most bee colonies are made up of three types of bees: queens, drones, and workers. As with other types of insects, bees have no kings.

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How many flowers do honey bees visit per day?
100
1000
Honey bees are extremely active, visiting over 1,000 flowers per day. It is worth noting, however, that they remain loyal to a particular flower type for their entire lives.
10000

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What is the only social bee native to North America?
the bumblebee
Only bumblebees are indigenous to North America. The other species of bees were imported, mostly from Europe, beginning in the 17th century, to bolster the honey market.
the carpenter bee
the mason bee

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Which species of bee has no worker class?
the carpenter bee
the mason bee
the solitary bee
The solitary bee has a different social order than other bees. They have fully developed males and females, rather than queens, drones, and workers.

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