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     Ireland has 101 bee species in Ireland




The honeybee is just one of them, Ireland has 20
 bumblebee species and 81 solitary bee species


              Where do they live?
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                    Some bees
                     can live
                    anywhere!
                     There are
                     different
                      kinds of
                    bumblebees
   Bumblebees       and solitary
                        bees
                     They can
                        live
                    anywhere in
                      Ireland
                     But some
                     bees only
                       live in
    There is a       particular
bumblebee unique       areas
   or special to
   Ireland. This     Solitary
 bumblebee only       Bees
lives on the Aran
     Islands!
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Some bees have always lived in Ireland
But there are some bees that have travelled to Ireland and settled
here.
Where do bees live?




Gardens and parks! But some bees are particular about where they live
                Bees

    Sand Dune      Bogland




Grassland          Mountains
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We even have Urban bees!

They live to live in different cities and
towns.




         What do you know about bees?
                                  List them and
         see if that knowledge appears
                          on the next few slides..
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   Bees are insects

   They are generally social insects.



   Bumblebes and Wasps are semi-
   social bees. They live in groups
   during the summer only

   Honey Bees are social all year
   round. They live in hives and work
   together to make honey.
Bumblebees
                          Bees
Plump, furry, black and
yellow bands




                           Wasps

                           Slender, with black and yellow bands
                           around its body
Honey Bees
                           Bees
These are the bees we know most about.

They are shaped like a wasp but their body is brown or black, with
light bands.



Honey bees like to live close
to one another.

They live in a colony.

The colony is at its smallest
between November and
February and at its biggest
between June and August
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There are three kinds of bees that live in a hive.

                             The Queen


                             The Queen is the mother of the hive.

                             She spends her time laying eggs. She is fed
                             and tended to by the worker bees.

                             Queens live for 5-6 years

                             There is only one queen in each hive.
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                          The Worker Bee


This bee is a female bee
She is shorter than the queen.

They do most of their work in the
hive, they feed the young bees, as
they grow older they work on the
beeswax and later become
foragers collecting nectar which
makes honey.

Worker generally live for 6 weeks
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The Drone

      This is the male bee.

      He doesn’t really work in the hive.
      He is daddy to many bees in the
      hive

      Their body heat helps to keep
      babies nad the hive warm

      But when the foraging season is
      over they are driven from the hive
      because they are not useful
      anymore

      They live between 21days and 90
      days
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Bees live in trees, roofs, walls or
anywhere with shelter.

Some bees live in a hive.

The beekeeper takes care of the
bees that live in a hive.
Bees
 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl
 e-1303302/A-stinging-competition-
 contestants-fight-win-best-Bee-
 Beard.html


 Most people run away from bees.


 Some people really LOVE bees! In
 Canada there is a contest to see
 who can ‘wear’ honeybees on their
 body and face!


      It is called Beebearding!
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Save Our bees! Bees are in trouble all over the world!
                         Bees
1. We are destroying their habitats
2. Some wildflowers are being destroyed all over Ireland for 2
   reasons.
        A) farmers clearing their land
        B) We love to tidy the landscape – we often pull wild flowers
        which bees need to survive thinking we are making the land
        look neater and cleaner
3. Pesticides – while this keeps all sorts of insects away from crops
   it also makes our bees sick
4. Honeybees are in decline because they are getting sick as well.
   There is a mite which is making many honeybees sick
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                           Why do we need bees?
•Bees are pollinators.
•It carries pollen form flower to flower.
•Pollen helps flowers to produce more flowers. The pollen sticks to the bees
body and when it flies to another flower it drops into the flower which then
makes a seed.
•So bees are needed to help keep our plants (not just flowers) from
becoming extinct.
•Without pollination we will not have crops, we will not have food to ear.
Most fruit, vegetables, oil, nut plants need bees.
•Without bees food will get very expensive.
•It is estimated that out of 100 crop species which provide 90% of food
worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated.
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       Why do we need bees?


    The real business of a bee is to
      gather nectar which is then
    turned into honey and beeswax.


    As humans we eat honey. It is
       very nutritious for you.


   We use beeswax to make candles,
     lip balm, face cream, wax to
           polish furniture…
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     What can we do to help bees?
           What do you think?
Turn to your partner and put some thoughts
                together…
Sources:
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http://pollinators.biodiversityireland.ie/bees/conservation-initiatives/
http://www.irishbeekeeping.ie/html/beebasics.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/honeybee/
    SOME VIDEOS AVAILABLE ABOUT BEES VIEW BEFORE USING IN THE CLASSROOM
The city of bees a video for kids
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bArNmKbYVm8
A short video – with pictures and music - Powerpoint
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yF5O26vYT8&feature=related
Songs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUvup1rU0gU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmIx4ReBPd4&feature=related
Flight of the Bumblebee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QV1RGMLUKE


  PLEASE LOOK AT ALL VIDEOS BEFORE YOU USE THEM TO DEEM THEM SUITABLE FOR
                                YOUR CLASS

				
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