Bee Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to the Bees Quiz. If you'd like to read more about the answers, click on the links (please note, clicking on the links will open a new window).

1. Which of these statements is true of the ‘Cuckoo Bumble bee’?:

c) Cuckoo bumble bees behave in ways similar to the cuckoo bird – that is, they lay their eggs in the nests of other bumble bees.

Yes, it's true, cuckoo bumble bees lay their eggs in the nests of other bumble bees! As for Bombus cuckularis, I made it up! Learn more about cuckoo bumble bees.

<I>Bombus barbutellus</I> - male - a black cuckoo bumble bee species with a white tail and a little white collar at the top of his thorax (upper body).  He is sitting on a yellow flower.Bombus barbutellus - male.

2. For what reason do honey bees make honey?

    c) For storing food to feed the colony over winter when they are unable to forage.

Learn more about why honey bees make honey.

3. Which of these is not made by honey bees:

b) Cactus honey

Read about cactus honey.

4. The tendency of some species to make a home and live commensally with others is called....

c) Inquilinism

5. Which of these is the odd one out: 

d) Omelette

The others all include a food item pollinated by insects (raspberry, pea and blueberry).

6. Bees are thought to be a descendent of which of these invertebrates:

b) Wasp

Read more on the page 'Are bees and wasps related'?

Read about the importance of invertebrates.

7. Bees belong to which insect order?

    a) Hymenoptera

See this fun page to learn more about hymenoptera.

8. Which important function do bees perform in the eco-system?

c) Pollination

9. Which of these bees is a cleptoparasite?

a) Gooden's nomad bee

(Note - there is no such thing as the Clepto-black-winged bee!)

Read about Nomada bees.

10. How many times per second do bumble bees beat their wings?

    b) 200

Watch this wonderful short video clip: The Flight Of The Bumble bee.

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