Most insects contribute in some way to the greater ecosystem. If you take your children for a walk outdoors on a warm day, you are bound to notice a variety of bugs going about their business. Most of the time, we don't pay all the ants, spiders, caterpillars, centipedes, flies, or any of the other critters much attention. But when a bee is buzzing around, it's natural to feel a little nervous about the threat of a sting.
The reality is that bees are not really interested in you (unless you are eating something sweet and sticky), so it's best to just move along and leave them alone. Swatting at bees or squashing them with a shoe may seem like a good idea. But if your kids truly understand the magical work these buzzy insects do, they will think twice next time. Read some children's books about bees which will enlighten little ones about all the wonderful ways they contribute to the environment.
Facts for Kids About Bees
Honeybees are divided into three different working classes.
There is a process for transferring power to a new queen bee.
When the queen bee dies, there is an established protocol that all honeybees follow in appointing a new leader. Of all the babies in the hive, one larva is selected as the chosen one. From there, the bees feed the larvae a food commonly referred to as the "royal jelly" in order to make her fertile. It is not until then that all power, respect and honor is bestowed upon her Royal Highness.
Bees have big personalities.
They may look exactly alike, but don't be fooled by their exterior. Researchers have found a wide array of behaviors among bees, suggesting that they are not just a bunch of interchangeable insects. Just like humans, some bees are very hard workers while others demonstrate signs of laziness. There have also been some interesting observations indicating some bees are reserved and timid while other bees desire thrilling experiences. Also, agitating bees definitely seems to cause an emotional reaction!
Bugs and insects all have important jobs to perform. Some are pollinators that play a crucial role in many of the foods people consume, like fruits, vegetables, chocolate, nuts, and coffee. Others are responsible for eating smaller pesky bugs that destroy crops and cause lots of other destruction. These books about bugs shed a lot of insight about all the valuable ways they contribute to the planet.