Bees appeared on Earth for the first time 130 million years ago, meaning that they passed through the age of the dinosaurs, but there are factors that helped them to survive all this long, which is the highly complex structure of their society, and teamwork, where each bee has its own work and protection, one of which is to clean the hive and the other to take care of the young bees. As for the male bees, which are called drone bees, their main task is to guard and defend the hive. As for the worker bees, they collect the nectar from the flowers
In this article, we will discuss the functions of bees in detail and take A tour inside the beehive.
The first station of the tour inside the beehive is: Entering the beehive
If we want to enter the hive, it is not hard. We can use small cameras to photograph what is happening inside, but for the bees that come from other colonies, it is almost impossible. That bee from another colony has to fight to be allowed to enter.
How does the beehive guard stand?
In the tour inside the beehive we will see how the guards stand! they are always ready for any attack in order to defend, they stand on their hind legs and raise the front legs in the air. Using their antennae and front legs, they scan every bee that enters the hive. Since every beehive has a special smell, they know by smelling it whether the bee belongs to this hive or not, but if the intruder bee carries a lot of nectar, they allow it to enter
The second station of our tour inside the beehive is: At the entrance to the hive
It is interesting that there is only one entrance to enter the beehive and at the entrance to there is an adhesive substance called bee propolis that rotates protects the colony from bacteria and viruses
Next station of our tour inside the beehive is: After entering the hive
We will discover that there are narrow corridors and on both sides there are hexagonal discs that contain pollen and honey. With more careful examination, we will discover that the bees’ discs are in the upper section, while pollen is in the lower section and are prepared for laying eggs and raising them by worker bees.
Inside the hive it will be a little difficult to find the queen, as the hive is full of female workers and most of the work of the bees is to search for food, and when the bee finds enough food, which is, nectar on the flower, it performs its famous dance in order to communicate with the rest of its bee friends in order to come and take the nectar as well.
And if you want to know more about the bee dance and what it means in detail, you can read our article from here
Let’s continue our tour inside the beehive and let’s go to the bee’s eggs
For an egg to become a working bee, it takes 21 days to grow and when it grows it will have to clean up the place where it was born. That will be its first job.
It is striking in our tour inside the beehive there is a place like a hospital where there are sick bees and there are nurses who take care of sick bees and give them healing honey for each patient according to its condition
This was our simple tour inside the beehive. We hope the article will be useful to you and do not forget to read our article about the communication system of bees. How they communicate?