Spotlight on the Worker

Let us examine the activities of the altruistic workers in greater detail. After the workers have constructed a hive of waterproof honeycomb (made from beeswax), the queen begins to lay eggs in the first cells. While some workers embellish in hive, others fly out in search of nectar and pollen. With their long tongues they gather nectar and use their hind  legs to carry the pollen from the flowers. They fly directly back to the hive and then dance around the honeycomb, their movement indicating the direction of the flowers. Meanwhile, other workers have been cleaning cells, caring for the young, and guarding the precious cache of nectar. Another special coterie  in entrusted with heating or cooling the hive. Dedicated to the welfare of the queen and the entire insect community, all of these workers display a complete absence of cupidity.

  • altruistic- showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish
  • honeycomb- sarang madu
  • embellish- menghias, memperindah
  • nectar- madu bunga
  • pollen – serbuk sari
  • hind- belakang
  • precious- berharga, mulia
  • coterie – a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, esp. one that is exclusive of other people
  • entrust- mempercayakan
  • cupidity – keserakahan



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