For Levels 4, 5 & 6

(Some questions are difficult and must be figured out using common sense "guessing")

Directions: Divide students into two to three teams. Students earn points by correctly answering questions from the following three categories: Honeyville USA, Hive-live and Bee-Wise .

Points are awarded by levels of difficulty:

1 point for a question of least difficulty.

3 points for a question of moderate difficulty.



1. When people first kept bees, how did they do it?

(In logs or clay pots hanging in trees)

2. The many color shades of honey are a result of what?

(The kind of plants the bees are working)

3. What season are honey bees least active?


4. Which spends more days in the cell as an immature bee, the worker bee or the queen?

(Worker bees actually take five days longer than the queen bee to complete devel opment)


1. What is the food fed to the baby queen bee?

(Royal jelly)

2. Where is the honey stored by the bees?


3. When a worker has found a good source of food, how does she tell the other bees in the hive?

(In a "dance")

4. Why are honey bees called social insects?

(Multiple generations share the same dwelling and practice division of labor)


1. Which states have been ranked consistently in the top three honey-producers in the USA?

(Florida, California, South Dakota)

2. I stack my hives in the back of my truck, and I am off to Maine to help pollinate that summer's blueberry crop. What kind of beekeeper am l?

(Migratory beekeeper)

3. If the beekeeper wants the bees to be calm, what does he use to calm them?


4. How many times can a honey bee reuse its stinger?

(Zero times)


5. What is the male part of the flower where the pollen is developed and contained?


6. Name one food honey is used in.

(Cookies, cereal, candy)

7. Your friend says she doesn't care for honey, hates getting a sting, and does not care for bees as well. What should you tell her?

(Bees are valuable for pollination and, properly managed, pose little threat to humans.)

8. What is another word for beeyard?



5. What is the only purpose for the drones?

(To mate with the queen)

6. What is it called when the ovules of a plant receive the pollen developed in the an thers?


7. What are two reasons honey bees are beneficial?

(Honey production and pollination)


5. Describe how a person should treat bees?

(They should treat them with respect)

6. Suppose you and your friend are out in the woods. She begins to have what you sus pect is a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting. What is your first priority?

(Run quickly for help)

7. What do bears and skunks have in common regarding bees?

(They are predators of honey bees)

8. How should you extract a stinger?

(Scrape it, never squeeze)


9. Give 3 tasks of the worker bee.

(Foraging, guarding and caring for the queen)

10. Are Africanized honey bees the same size as European honey bees?

(No, AHB are slightly smaller than EHB)

11. How many wings do honey bees have?


12. What do avocados, pears, apples and melons all have in common?

(Their flowers must be pollinated by bees for them to produce fruit)


8. How many sides has an individual honeycomb cell


9. What comes from the hive besides honey that can be sold?

(Wax, pollen, queens, royal jelly, packaged worker bees)

10. What happens to an old queen, too old to produce offspring?

(She is killed or replaced by a younger queen)

11. How call a beekeeper provide for the bees in winter?

(Feed them and shelter the hives)


9. Are there any bees that don't sting?

(Yes, there are stingless bees in the tropics. They bite to defend themselves.)

10. What do bears and people have in common that can affect bees?

(They both like honey)

11. What distinguishes bees from wasps?

(Bees have thick bodies covered with hairs that collect pollen. Since wasps do not feed on pollen, their bodies are more smooth)

12. Why is it a good idea to wash your clothes after being stung?

(Because when bees sting they leave behind a smell called a pheromone that attracts other bees to come to the defense of the colony. This smell may last several days.


13. This straw-like appendage of the bee sucks the nectar from the flower.


14. What attracts bees?

(Sweet scents, bright colors and movement)

15. What is the name given to larvae or young bees?


16. Which bee is especially bred by the apiarist for selling?



12. What kind of animal is the honey bee?

(The honey bee is an insect.)

13. Why weren't primitive beekeepers really beekeepers as we know the craft today?

(Primitive beekeepers did not keep bees. They plundered wild hives. They were honey-hunters.)

14. Which is bigger, a worker or a queen?


15. Where in the hive does the queen lay eggs?

(Brood chamber or cells)


13. What are the bee veil and gloves for?

(To protect the beekeepers hands and face)

14. What are scout bees?

(Single honey bees that find new food sources.)

15. What 2 things should you do if you happen upon a swarm of bees?

(Get away quickly and report what you saw to an adult)

16. What are two possible symptoms of an allergic reaction to bee stings?

(Shortness of breath and/or difficulty in swallowing)



17. Since honey bees are not native to the Western Hemisphere, how were plants pollinated before they came?

(Wild bees, such as bumble bees and leafcutter bees, and other insects pollinated plants.)

18. What should the beekeepers' attitude be to their bees?


19. What do the undertaker, the housekeeper and the security guard all have in common?

(All these jobs for people are also jobs for bees)


16. What is bee venom's medicinal use?

(Desensitizing or building up immunities to the sting)

17. What is one sign of starvation in a hive?

(The larvae have been thrown out of the hive and not carried away)

18. What are 2 things the beekeeper can do to help the hives survive through a long winter.

(Feed the bees and shelter the hives)

19. Why worry about mites?

(Several species of mites feed on bees and bee larvae)


17. How do Varroa mites destroy the bees they cling to?

(They suck the blood)

18. Why do bees swarm?

(This is the bees' method of making more colonies or moving the colony to a better place)

19. What are some things that can affect whether the bees will be gentle or angry?

(Weather, time of day that the bees are worked, color of clothing, age of the colony)


21. What is the difference between royal jelly and worker jelly?

(Royal jelly is much richer in proteins and sugars and is given to the larva develop ing into a queen)

22. Describe the honey bee's tongue.

(Straw-like, hollow, long)

23. Athletes use honey for this:

(Quick energy)

24. Under what conditions have honey bees been known to rob another's nest?

(In times when little or no nectar is available)

25. What are the names of two tools the beekeeper uses?

(Hive tool and smoker)


20. How many days does it take a honey bee egg to hatch?


21. What is the process in which the insect develops in stages from egg to maturity?


22. How long does an adult worker bee live in the summer?

(About five weeks)

23. The male part of the flower where pollen is developed and stored is called:


24. What do beekeepers think is the reason that bees, when sensing smoke, are likely to hurry into the hive and gorge on honey?

(They think the hive is on fire)


21. What can a beekeeper do if a colony of bees are too mean?

(Requeen to colony with a queen from gentler stock)

22. Why are the stings of the wasp and the hornet reusable while the sting of the honey bee kills the bee?

(The honey bee's stinger is barbed, not smooth like the wasp or the hornet. In order to escape after stinging a mammal, the bee must effectively tear the lower part of its body apart. If it stings another insect, however, the honey bee can pull out its stinger.)

23. How did Africanized honey bees reach the Americas?

(Queen honey bees were brought over from Africa to Brazil to improve honey pro duction. They were accidentally released in 1957.)

Revised from: Plan Bee, A Lesson Plan for Grades 1-6, by C. Harig. Published by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1911 SW 34 St., Gainesville, FL. 32608 -1201.