Topic Three - The Bee Hive

Objectives
  1. To learn the parts of a beehive
  2. To know how to use the equipment needed to work with honeybees
  3. To know how to avoid being stung and what to do if you do get stung
  4. To be able to light and use a bee smoker

Key Words:

Cell – a six-sided (hexagonal) hole, or space in the comb where bees put honey, pollen, or brood (baby bees)

Bee space –the space a bee needs to move easily around inside the hive between the frames. If this space is too small the bees fill it with propolis (bee glue). If the space is too big the bees fill it with wax. It is very important for a carpenter to remember the bee space when making bee equipment.

iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
What are the parts of a beehive?
iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
Why do you think removable frames make beekeeping easier?
iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
Why do bees sting?
iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
Think of a time when you have been stung by an insect.  Why did it happen?  Did it hurt?  What do you think you can do so that it doesn’t happen again?
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