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More than 20,000 species of bees buzz from flower to flower around the world. Many bees live in groups or colonies called hives, but others are solitary. They collect nectar from flowers to make honey.
Bees are very important. Not only would we have no honey if bees disappeared - we'd have no food at all. Bees are pollinators, meaning they transfer pollen between flowers, allowing them to produce seeds, nuts, and fruits. Flowers can't do this on their own; they need the help of pollinators. Other pollinators include butterflies, bats, and even mosquitos.
Should you be afraid of bees? Some people are allergic to bees, making a sting very dangerous. But bees are not looking for opportunities to sting you. In fact, stinging means death for many bees. Therefore, they only sting if they feel that they are in danger. Give bees their space, and they will see no reason to sting you.
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Bees often feature as cartoon characters. Well-known animated film characters include Barry Benson of Bee Movie, Maya the Bee, and Chip the wasp from Antz.
This easy, step-by-step cartoon insect drawing tutorial is all the buzz! You can learn to draw a cartoon bee by following the simple steps, one line or geometric shape at a time. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your bee's black and yellow stripes.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bee
1. Begin by drawing a large circle. This will become the insect’s body.
2. Draw a small over overlapping the top of the circle. Erase the overlapping lines. This begins the bee’s thorax or midsection.
3. Draw another oval overlapping the first. Erase overlapping lines. This will become the bee’s head.
4. Draw two large overlapping circles within the face to outline the eyes.
5. Erase the overlap from one of the eyes. Draw two small ovals a distance above the bee’s head. These will become the tips of the bug’s antennae.
6. Draw thick curved lines between the two of the head and the ovals, completing the antennae.
7. Extend a long curved line from the base of the bee’s head to its circular abdomen, enclosing a nearly circular shape. This is the first of the bee’s wings. Repeat this process on the opposite side to form the remaining wing.
8. Draw a curved line from the bottom of each wing to the abdomen, enclosing the lower wings.
9. Within each eye, draw a small oval with a smaller circle inside it. Shade between the two to indicate the pupils.
10. Use a curved line to outline the open mouth. Use straight lines to enclose a rectangular shape at the top of the mouth, indicating teeth. Draw a short line between the teeth and the bottom of the mouth, and shade the shape it encloses.
11. Draw the bee’s stinger. Use curved lines that meet at a sharp point to enclose a triangle shape.
12. Band the abdomen with horizontal curved lines, forming the bee’s stripes.
13. Detail the wings by drawing a curved line across each.
14. Color your cartoon bee. Most bees have black and yellow stripes. A few have unusual colors. The orchard mason bee of North America is shiny and blue!
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