Kingdom of Bugs
The Hardest Working Bugs on Earth
You've probably heard the phrases “busy as a bee” and “ants in your pants,” and that's for a good reason: When it comes to getting the job done, no other bugs beat the production capabilities of bees and ants. (And did you know that ants and bees are "cousins"?) Find out today what makes these two creatures such hard workers and good team players.
Ask About Today
What are the different roles you'll find in an ant colony or a beehive? How do these insects communicate with one another?
Where would you prefer to live: an ant colony or a beehive? Why?
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All the Ants
There are over 14,000 species of ants with different environmental adaptations, but they all have perfected the art of teamwork and communication.
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Bees to the Rescue
You might want to avoid a run-in with a stinger, but the truth is, we need bees—a lot. Years ago, ancient Egyptians used honey as medicine to cover wounds and burns. And course, today, our planet still relies on these insects to help plants reproduce.
Hey Honeybee, Why Hexagons?
If you've ever looked at a honeycomb, you know it's made up of perfectly shaped hexagons. Why do bees choose this shape? Find out in this video from TED-Ed.
Build an Ant Home
Underground cameras can give us an up-close and personal look at the lives of ants in their colonies. But you don't need high-tech equipment to observe these underground insects. All you really need is a glass jar (or another clear container), a soda can, tape, a piece of sponge, and some black construction paper. Take a look at these directions and then build your own ant habitat.
Did you know that bees are also choreographers of their own dances? Today, dance like a bee...kinda.
The Waggle Dance
Bees have created their own dance move. It's called The Waggle Dance. (Seriously.) Bees do this dance move to inform other bees in the hive where to find an excellent source of pollen. First, watch this short video about the Waggle Dance, then try dancing like a bee.
Flight of the Bumblebees
Next, go above and beyond by thinking of your own new dance that communicates something important. Choreograph your dance to "Flight of the Bumblebees," then perform it for your family.