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 Bumblebee’?:

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

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

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. Neonicotinoids are a group of controversial systemic insecticides: in independent research, some have been found to kill bees even in very tiny amounts (this does not necessarily mean that those not tested don't kill bees). Some of these ingredients are even contained in household pesticides and may be used on lawns, golf courses and may be sprayed by councils in public places. But which of the following chemicals are neonicotinoids?

    d) All of the chemicals mentioned above

Learn more about neonicotinoid pestides.

4. The tendency of some species to become nest parasites of others is sometimes called....

c) Inquilinism

5. Which of the following formulae best describe honey (all are nonsense except one!):

    b) Sucrose (nectar) + invertase (bee enzyme) = fructose + glucose (honey)

Learn more on this page: 'What is honey?'.

6. Bees collect pollen. But to which part of the flower is pollen attached?

    d) Anther

For a bit of quick revision about pollination, check out my page about the plant pollination process.

7. Bees belong to which insect order?

    a) Hymenoptera

Note that 'Apidae' is one particular family of bee species. See this fun page to learn more about hymenoptera.

8. A scientific study examined sunflower plants that were grown in soil where imidacloprid (neonicotinoid insecticide) treated seeds had been cultivated 1 or 2 years previously.

Despite the fact that no imidacloprid had been used in the 1 or 2 year time interval prior to testing, imidacloprid was present in 97% of these soils.

The study found that, astonishingly, residues of imidacloprid were taken up from the soil by sunflowers as they grew, and then became available in the flower heads at levels toxic to bees.

Which scientific study was it?:

    a) Bonmantin et al 2005

All of the above studies can be downloaded free of charge from my pesticide studies bibliography.

9. Which of these bees collects pollen on the underside of its abdomen, rather than in pollen baskets on the hind legs?

    b) The leafcutter bee

Leafcutter bees collect pollen on the underside of their abdomens. As for the Winkelpicker bee - I made it up! The bumblebee, Bombus vestalis, does not collect pollen at all - it is a cuckoo species, and has no pollen baskets, unlike social bumblebee species. Read more about cuckoo bumblebees. Learn more about the enchanting little leafcutter bee.

10. Why are bees and other pollinators, experiencing problems and declines?

    c) It's because of a combination of factors, including habitat loss, pesticides, and diseases.

Note that many of our pollinators, including native bee species and butterflies, are experience real problems. Varroa and CCD are specific to honey bees only. Whilst it is important to try to resolve the issues faced by honey bees, it is also very important not to overlook the issues faced by our other pollinating species - they have no beekeepers looking out for them, but they are exceedingly important for biodiversity. For further information, see: missing bees.

11. How dangerous are bee stings really? Do they pose a significant threat? Take the USA for example, from a population of 281 million (Census data):

- More than 20,000 people in the USA die from flu every year (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control)

- On average, 90 people are killed every year in the U.S. by lightning. [NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-193]

- In the year 2000, there were 15,517 murders in the USA (FBI crime figures).

Meanwhile, in the year 2000 (the latest figures I have), the World Health Organisation reported how many deaths from bee stings in the USA?:

    c) 54

Yes, really, 54! It was obviously very unfortunate for those individuals concerned, but it's important to put the dangers in perspective. In the USA, you are more likely to be killed by lightning than by bee stings! Find out more with these bee sting facts.

12. Which of the following is a species of Carpenter bee? (Only one of these is correct – the rest are invented!):

    c) Xylocopa violacea – The Violet Carpenter Bee

And what a beauty it is! You can see a picture of it here, on my page about carpenter bees.

13. How many native species of bumblebee does North America have?:

    b) 50

There are about 4,000 species of bee in the US in total - but this question was only about bumblebees! Find out more about the status of bumblebees.

14. In the act of feeding, honey bees are also communicating with each other. This is known as:

    a) trophallaxis

There's more information about this on my page about swarming bees.

15. How many times per second do bumblebees beat their wings?

    b) 200

Watch this wonderful short video clip: The Flight Of The Bumblebee.

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