Bee Watcher: What's Buzzing? (page 2)

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Author: Tricia Edgar
Topics: Third Grade, Zoology


Bumblebees should have been your earliest risers. They like to wake up when temperatures are as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Mason bees should have been next because once the temperature rises above 50 degrees, they're ready to go. You could say honeybees like to sleep in; they usually won't venture out until the temperature hits almost 60 degrees.


Different bees like different temperatures -- just like different humans. Have you ever noticed how some of your friends seem to like cold weather while others hate it? Well, bees are not so different. Almost every day, bees wake up to gather food. The results you saw show what temperature is best for each bee to get his food. Scientists theorize, or suggest, that bumblebees wake up so early because they don't want competition in food collecting from other bees. Did you notice how big the bumblebees are? Their big bodies need a lot of food, and they can't risk letting other bees steal any of it.

How might you attract more bees to your garden? Do you think different types of plants will attract different types of bees? Why not make a guess and go out and test your hypothesis? Scientists test their guesses every day, and now so can you!




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