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The Bee 
The Bee   

Did you know…

 
  1. There are 20 000 different kinds of bees in the world and only 5 of these are honey bees.
 
  1. Honey-bees gather pollen and nectar as food for their offspring.
 
  1. Pollen is rich in proteins and nectar is an energy rich mixture of sugars. Honey-bees ‘ripen’ this sugar rich mixture and turn it into honey.
 
  1. It takes about 38 000 foraging trips to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey. That means 82 000 trips for just one kilogram of honey!
 
  1. The bees from a single hive may visit up to 4 800 000 (Four million Eight Hundred Thousand) flowers in a single day.
 
  1. In the wild, western honey-bees nest in hollow tree trunks, caves and sheltered clefts in the rock faces.
 
  1. When it is too cold to fly, the entire colony of bees cluster together for warmth in the centre of the nest. They keep warm by eating their stores of honey and generating their own heat.
 
  1. Most female bees have functioning stings. The stings are straight and barbed. After stinging, the barbed sting is embedded in the flesh and the bee loses its sting. Soon after losing it’s sting the female bee dies.
   
 
The Ant
The Ant  

Did you know…

 

1.      The ant family contains nearly 10 000 species.

 

2.      All ants are social, which means they live in organized colonies.

 

3.      The fertilized female becomes the queen of the colony, whose main job is to lay eggs. The male ants die after mating. The worker ants gather food, care for the young and keep the colony safe.

 

4.      There are four life stages of the ant – egg, larva, pupa and adult.

 

5.      Eggs hatch in two to six weeks and become larvae. After a few weeks or months the larvae become pupae. Some pupae are naked and others are covered in a cocoon. After the pupae stage the ants enter the adult stage.

 

6.      Queens and workers in some species are known to live longer than 15years/.

 

7.      Most ants are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal matter. Some species eat only some specialized foods.

 

8.      Ants communicate through chemical and tactile means. Some species even communicate through vibrations.

 
The body’s tasters

Did you know…


1.You taste with your tongue or chemoreceptors (taste buds).

2.Most taste buds are located on the surface on the tongue and a few are located on the soft palate and in the throat.

3.Adults can have as many as 10 000 taste buds.

4.Four types of taste buds can be distinguished. They can tell the difference between sour, sweet, salt and bitter.

5.Sweet is tasted on the front of the tongue and salty on the sides of the front. Sour is tasted along the sides and bitter at the back of the tongue.

 
The Silkworm
The Silkworm 

Did you know…

 

1.      Over four thousand years ago the Chinese discovered how to make silk by cultivating the silkworm and un-winding the silken threads of the cocoon.

 

2.      They guarded this secret for over three thousand years, but it was later uncovered by the Japanese, Indians and Persians. The knowledge eventually spread across the world.

 

3.      The art of rearing silkworms to produce silk is known as sericulture.

 

4.      The native Chinese silkworm is called the Bombyx Mori. It is now bred and cultivated in many countries. Its cocoon is the main source of commercial silk throughout the world.

 

5.      It is no longer found in the wild and is completely domesticated.

 

6.      Silkworm caterpillars that are fed mulberry leaves produce the finest silk.

 

7.      The length of the individual fibers composing the cocoon are between 300 and 900 meters.

 
 
Smell

Did you know…


1.The nose has two jobs. To smell and to breath.

2.To smell something, you sniff harder than you do if you had to breath.

3.There are 10 000 different smells n the world. You have 15 sensory receptors in your nose. These receptors pick up and sort out these smells.

4.Our sense of smell can warn us not to eat food that’s bad or alert us to danger, like a fire.

5.Animals use their sense of smell to search for food and find each other. Human babies cannot see very well and they use their sense of smell to identify their mothers.

 
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Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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