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Honey bee story

Be a Bee

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  • Hive: the place where honeybees store their food, find shelter, and house their young.
  • Virtual: a simulated (made up) environment based on the real world. Often computers are used to create virtual worlds.

Honey Bee Hive Virtual Tour

Illustration of VR googles looking at a virtual beehive.What if you could shrink down to the size of a honey bee? What would life look like?

Hummmmmm is the sound that you hear all day long. It is only broken up by the close buzz, buzz, buzz, of some of your sisters flying by as they head in and out of your home. Life as a honey bee is one filled with important work. Everyone has a job to do. The queen bee lays eggs all day long. Worker bees build the waxy honeycomb cells, fly out to collect pollen and nectar from flowers to feed the youngsters and to make delicious honey.

With this virtual beehive, you get the chance to visit different hives that are part of ongoing research at the ASU Honey Bee laboratory.

How to explore the virtual beehive

How to iconOnce you enter the beehive there are some basic icons you want to look for while you explore. The most important one is the Target Icon. You can find them located throughout each virtual tour. They are used to move from location to location. On a computer, smart phone or tablet you can click or touch the icon to move to the new location. When using goggles, you place the pointer on top of the Target Icon to move to the new location.

informaiton icon image Information Icon - information about a point of interest in the biome.

Target icon image Target Icon -  takes you to a new location in the biome.

BeeHive VR 360

This virtual honey beehive was captured at the Arizona State University Bee Laboratory. Biologists focus their research on these important insects.

Honey bee hive 360 VR
Computer 360 smart phone 360 goggles 360
View with ComputerView with Smart PhoneView with Goggles


As you explore this biome, take notes on what you see. Here are a few questions to get you started.

  • Why do beekeepers wear white?
  • What shape do bees use to make their honeycomb nests?
  • How do beekeepers calm bees?

Try out other virtual 360 tours:


Thank you to the ASU Bee Laboratory, Osman Kaftanoglu, and Cahit Ozturk for all their assistance in capturing the VR 360 views and videos of the honey bees.

Honey bee close-up - bee face

What would it be like to be a bee? Image by Gilles San Martin via Wikimedia. Click to enlarge.

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Honey bee close-up - bee face

What would it be like to be a bee? Image by Gilles San Martin via Wikimedia. Click to enlarge.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.