Queen Bees: Social Insects?

This was our youngest dd’s written narration on honeybees as we continued our study of social insects earlier today.  The queen bee’s behavior had a particular impact upon her:

‘Bees take honey from smaller hives.  If the babies are fed royal food [a special diet for the queen’s growth] more than three days [the queen bee] kills them.   On the winter she throws the boys out and they die.  I hate the queen bee very much.  Some of the worker bees sting people who try to intrude their hive.   Oh, and the queen is a royal slob.’

Afterward, we watched “The Bee Movie” while she pointed out all the reasons the movie was inaccurate based upon her lesson.   She’s learning, but large bees, beware of small child in full hate mode!

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