Summ summ summ, bee buzz around ... how does the text continue again? Do you know more songs about bees? Or a very famous bee? Lions are brave, sloths are lazy, but what are the characteristics of bees? Where does it come from?
In the vernacular, bees are industrious and busy. If you stand in front of a buzzing beehive and look at the air traffic of the collecting bees, you can only confirm that at first glance. And they actually do extreme work for their small size! Honeybees fly e.g. for a 500g jar of honey three times around the world! To do this, they have to start from their beehive a total of 40,000 times and fly to five million flowers.
IOur honey bee colonies live in the direction of the fence. You can see for yourself what is going on in a beehive in the show hive! Carefully lift the yellow rubber mat and move slowly so as not to make the bees nervous. What a wild mess! But do you know that a beehive is very orderly? That different bees have different jobs? Which do you know
The social structure of honeybees is clearly defined. There are three types that differ in size and body shape. The queen is slightly taller with a long, slender abdomen and is the only bee to lay eggs. It is the mother of the entire bee state and is usually well protected inside. The great mass of the people consists of workers, who can also be seen in the show booty. These are all small females that are busy looking for food and feeding and nurturing the queen and brood. The male bees are called drones and their only job is to fertilize the queen. In contrast to the females, they have no venomous sting.
Now you have learned a lot about our honeybees. But there are many, many more bee species in Germany, namely over 550 different wild bees! We built a bee hotel for you right to the bee show. Here you can get very close and have a look at the different wild bees. Unlike honeybees, they do not sting, although they could.
Honey bee workers have to protect an entire state, i.e. their family, from attacks. They usually pay a trick with their lives, because if their sting gets stuck in the enemy's flesh and tears off, the bee is fatally injured.
Wild bees, on the other hand, live solitary in most cases. Such a high stake would definitely not be worthwhile for them. Accordingly, they do not train beehives, but look for or build their own small nests. This can be in the sand, pithy plant stems, wall holes or gaps in the wood.