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Use these questions to assess students' learning with Audubon Adventures “The Buzz About Native Bees.” The questions are based on the content of the “The Buzz About Native Bees” downloadable student magazine. The answer key includes correct answers, discussion of how to use students' answers diagnostically, and suggestions for further exploration of the topic.

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Show What You Know About Native Bees!

Choose the letter that best answers each question.

  1. What important job do native bees do in an ecosystem?
    1. sting predators
    2. make honey
    3. pollinate native plants
    4. spread the seeds of native plants
  2. Which list contains words that all describe most native bees?
    1. stinging, honey-maker, insect
    2. solitary, vegetarian, insect
    3. vegetarian, 2 wings, insect
    4. stinging, 4 wings, insect
  3. What is the word for the part of a bee’s body that is just behind the head?
    1. neck
    2. thorax
    3. proboscis
    4. abdomen
  4. Which statements are true? (You can choose more than one answer.)
    1. Pesticides are good for bees.
    2. Bees have five eyes.
    3. A brood chamber is where some female bees lay their eggs.
    4. We do not need honey bees because they are not native to North America.
  5. Where do female digger bees lay their eggs?
    1. underground
    2. in hives
    3. in trees
    4. on paloverde flowers
  6. In your own words and using complete sentences, tell what you and other people can do to help bees and other pollinators.

Photo: Dan Mullen.