The Ultimate How Bees Work Quiz
by Staff
How can one creature be so cute that it makes its way onto a cereal box, yet have a venom that can kill some humans? Bees have always been loved, though somewhat feared, by humans. Is it because their honey balances out their sting? Take our quiz to learn more about man's favorite insect.

According to Egyptian mythology, bees developed from the tears of what god?

  • Bastet
  • Ra
  • Sedge

When did Jam Swammerdam discover that queens bees have sex organs?

  • 1660s
  • 1760s
  • 1860s

Scientists believe that bees evolved approximately how long ago?

  • 20 million years ago
  • 50 million years ago
  • 100 million years ago

Honeybees were first brought to America in which century?

  • the 16th century
  • the 18th century
  • the 20th century

Based on their diet, bees are categorized as what?

  • herbivores
  • carnivores
  • omnivores

Hymenoptera is the insect order made up of wasps, bees, and what other insect?

  • flies
  • ants
  • termites

The exoskeleton of a bee is made of what material?

  • chitin
  • enamel
  • silk

What is the middle section of a bee's body called?

  • ovipositor
  • thorax
  • mandible

Approximately how many neurons are there in the brain of a bee?

  • a million
  • a billion
  • a trillion

How many eyes do bees have?

  • two
  • five
  • eight

How many sections are there in each compound eye of a bee?

  • 15
  • 150
  • 1500

What is the name of the tube of a bee's mouth, which it uses to collect nectar?

  • mandible
  • labrum
  • proboscis

Approximately how many species of bee are there?

  • 20000
  • 57000
  • 86000

What are beehives made of?

  • silk
  • chitin
  • wax

For how long does a bumblebee hive last?

  • one year
  • five years
  • nine years

Why should infants never be allowed to consume honey?

  • If you give honey to infants, they will stop nursing too soon.
  • If you give honey to infants, they will become spoiled children.
  • If you give honey to infants, they could die of botulism.

How do bees navigate their way from the hive to flowers and back?

  • Bees use their sense of smell.
  • Bees use their excellent sight.
  • Bees use their solar compass.

What percentage of the food Americans eat comes directly from honeybee pollination?

  • 5 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent

Which famous scientist was said to have claimed that humans would die out soon after bees did?

  • Einstein
  • Fermi
  • Oppenheimer

What is the term used to describe the decline of the world's honeybee population?

  • Colony Collapse Disorder
  • Sudden Colony Dissolution
  • Total Colony Reduction