In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Bee in 11 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Bee.
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How to Draw a Bee - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: First draw a rounded rectangle for the front part (the thorax) of the body.
Step 2: Next draw the head, eyes and the antenna. The head is a rounded square shape. The eyes are long ovals along the sides of the head. The two antenna are thin loops drawn at angles outward from the top of the head.
Step 3: Now draw the bottom part of the body. It is oval shaped and twice as long as the thorax.
Step 4: Draw segments on the body. These are lines across the body.
Step 5: Add the wings on both sides of the top part of the body. They are triangle shaped. The longest side is on the top.
Step 6: Begin adding the legs. The front left leg is in front of the wings. It has four very thin segments and points outward at the same angle as the left antenna.
Step 7: Add another front leg on the right side of the head. It also has four long thin segments and is at the same angle as the right antenna.
Step 8: Draw another left leg just under the left wing. It has four segments and is the same size as the front legs. This leg points down and at an outward angle.
Step 9: Draw another middle leg on the right side of the body. It also has four long thin segments and points down and outward.
Step 10: The last leg on the left side is directly behind the middle leg.It is the same size as the middle leg and also points down and outward.
Step 11: Add the last leg on the right side of the body. It is the same size as the last leg on the left side. It also points down and outward.
Interesting Facts about Bees
Bees belong to the super family Apoidea and are closely related to ants and wasps, whose ancestors lived nearly 100 million years ago.
Close to 20,000 species of bees exist today everywhere, except Antarctica.
Did you know?
- Bees feed on nectar and pollen, though most pollen collected is used to feed baby bees (larvae).
- The most popular bee is the European honey bee.
- Some bees live alone, while others live in groups called colonies, such as bumblebees, honey bees and stingless bees.
- A colony of bees has one “queen” bee, many workers and drones.
- A bee’s wing can flap about 230 times per second.
- Bees are not generally aggressive, unless they or their hive are disturbed.
- Bees are generally fuzzy and maintain a type of bio-electronic charge that attracts pollen to their bodies, which is then groomed into “pollen baskets” on their legs
Bees are very important to the Earth and to humans, because of their role in the pollination of plants, including our food. In mythology and folklore bees have been highly regarded and some theorists have used bees as a model for society, because of their industrious behavior.