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Flora’s story

Are you busy? Are you buzzing around, from one place to another? Flora is. She’s a worker. With a hairy body and hairy legs.


In the whole world, what she loves most is a flower. Actually, lots of flowers. She buzzes from one to another. So many flowers, every day.


She wants the sweet sticky goo deep inside the flower. It’s called nectar. She sucks it up. Then she carries it back to her home.


At home she tells the other workers, the ones like her, where the best flowers are. 


But she can't speak. So she does a dance. She waggles her round hairy body, to show what she means. She shows the other workers which way to go. Humans call it a waggle dance.


Her home is like a city. There are many jobs to do, and Flora’s family and friends do different ones. Some keep it  warm deep inside the ‘city’. Some make wax and build rooms. They make a beautiful pattern of small six-sided rooms, called a honeycomb. Some look after the eggs and larvae. And then, most of important of all, there’s the queen. She’s bigger, much bigger, than everybody else, and she’s the one who lays all the eggs. Without the queen to lay eggs, then there’d be no babies, no larvae. No babies, no future.


Oh. I nearly forgot. Why is it called a honeycomb? Because that’s what the larvae eat. Honey. And in the city they make honey from the nectar that Flora and her many friends collect. 


The cities are amazing. The waggle dance is amazing. But the most amazing thing is that it’s good for the flowers that Flora sucks out their nectar. She picks up the yellow powder in the flowers. It’s called pollen. It sticks to her hairy body and hairy legs.


Accidentally, she carries the pollen from flower to flower. It helps the flowers to make good seeds. Pretty important! For the flowers – no seeds, no future.


What kind of animal is Flora?

Flora的故事


你忙吗,你忙着跑来跑去吗,从一个地方跑到另一个地方。Flora就是的,她是个工人,而且有着毛茸茸的身体和腿。


在这个万千世界,她最喜欢的就是花儿。他每天在各种花儿间跑来跑去。


她想要深藏在花蕊里那香甜稠密的物质——花蜜。她会将花蜜吸走带回自己的家里。


回到家中,她会告诉其他工人,和她一样的采蜜者,哪里的花最好。


但她并不会讲话,而是用舞蹈。她会晃动自己毛茸茸的身体来转达信息。她会告诉其他工人该往哪儿走。人们把这种舞蹈叫做摇摆舞。


她的家犹如一座城市,城里的人有着许多工作,Flora的家人和朋友们都有着不同的分工。有的负责城市的保暖,有的负责制作蜡和房间,他们会做出有规律的六边形的房间,称作蜂巢。还有一些,会负责照顾卵和幼虫。在这当中,最重要的职位是女王。她比其他人都大,大很多,并且她是唯一负责产卵的。没有女王产卵,那就不会有婴儿、幼虫。没有后代,就没有未来。


对了,我差点忘了,为什么要把它称作蜂巢呢?因为那是幼虫的食物——蜂蜜。在城市里,他们用Flora和她的朋友们采集到的花蜜制作成蜂蜜。


这座城市棒极了,摇摆舞也棒极了。但最令人惊讶的是,Flora从花中吸走花蜜对花儿来说其实是件好事。她会捡起花中一种叫做花粉的黄色粉末,花粉会粘在她毛茸茸的身体和腿上。


她带着花粉经过一朵朵花儿,在巧合之中帮助花儿播种。而这对花儿来说十分重要,没有种子也就没有未来。


那么,Flora是哪种动物呢?

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