Do you like to eat honey? If you do, you should like honeybees. Honeybees make honey. Honey is sweet. Many people like to eat honey on bread. Bees also help plants and trees. Bees help new plants to grow. Bees help plants make fruit.
A bee lands on a flower. It wants pollen from the flower. It wants nectar, too. Bees make honey as food for themselves and for baby bees. Nectar is a sweet liquid made by flowers. Bees use the nectar to make honey. Bees store the nectar in a special stomach called a honey sack.
Young bees quickly learn which flowers have nectar. The pollen gets on the bee's body. It flies to another flower. It leaves some pollen from the last flower on the new one. This helps plants make fruit and seeds. A bee might visit about two hundred flowers in one day. Now the flower can make fruit. It makes seeds to grow more plants.
In the hive, each bee has its own job. Bees do different jobs as they get older and as the needs of the hive change. Each bee may be a scout, a nurse, a wax maker, a fanner, and a guardian. There is one bee, just one, that has a special job for its whole life. This is the queen bee.
Bees have a tongue like a straw. A bee uses its tongue to suck up nectar from each flower. The bee gets covered with pollen. The bee uses little brushes on her front legs to clean herself. She rolls the pollen into little balls. She puts these into pollen baskets on her back legs.Paragraphs 6 to 15:
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