KNOW YOUR BEES

The honey bee has three body regions: the head, thorax, and abdomen.

In addition to their two compound eyes, honey bees have three smaller, simple eyes.

Scientists say they can only differentiate between six colors: yellow, blue-green, blue, violet, ultraviolet, and also a color

known as “bee’s purple,” a mixture of yellow and ultraviolet. Bees can-not see red.

The honey bee uses its proboscis (long hairy tongue) to feed on liq-uids.

A pair of mandibles are located on

the side of the honey bee’s head. From daily routines, i.e., eating pollen, work-ing wax for comb construction, etc., to guarding the hive against enemies, the honey bee uses their mandibles much like we would use a pair of pliers.

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