Topic Two - Species of Honeybees and Their Anatomy (Body Parts)

Objectives
  1. To learn about the major species of bees found in the Solomon Islands
  2. To learn some of the features (characteristics) of an insect
  3. To be able to identify the outside (external) body parts of a worker honeybee and the function (job) of these parts
  4. To learn the inside (internal) body parts of a worker honeybee and the function (job) of these parts


Key Words:

Species – living things that are the same or very closely related. They are able to mate with each other and reproduce.

Thorax – the part of a bee’s body between the head and the abdomen - the bee’s chest and back

Abdomen – the part of the bee’s body behind the thorax - the bee’s belly

Venom  - poisonous liquid put into your body when a bee stings

Propolis – A sticky material collected from plants used to plug holes and stick things together in the hive. Bee glue.

Quarantine – A rule or law to stop something being moved from one place to another. This law is meant to keep a disease or pest from spreading.


iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
Which species of bee have I seen before?
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What species of bee do beekeepers in the Solomon Islands keep?

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What do I know about insects?
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What are the body parts of a bee?
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What jobs do these body parts do?
iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
How do bees know what is happening around them?  What body parts do they use for this?
iDevice icon Questions to think about during the lesson:
Can a dead bee sting?
Activity: Note Organization

It may help you to organize your notes in a chart. Draw the following chart in your exercise book.  As you learn the information about the 3 species of bees, fill in the blank spaces.

Species of Bees Found in the Solomon Islands

Scientific Name

Trigona

Apis mellifera

Apis cerana

Common Name

 

 

 

Language Name

 

 

 

How it got to SI

 

 

 

Can it sting?

 

 

 

Honey

 

 

 


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