An average beehive consists of about 20,000 bees. Within the colony, there are three types of bees each with its own important job. There is only one queen bee in the hive and her job is to fill the hive with eggs. A queen will lay about 1,500 eggs. Male bees are called drones. Their only job is to mate with the queen. Worker bees, on the other hand, are extremely busy. They are female bees that lay no eggs. Worker bees tend the hive by taking care of the baby bees, building honey combs and keeping the hive cool. Some worker bees leave the hive to go collect nectar.
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Remember the main idea is the big idea, what the text is mostly about. It is highlighted in BLUE ink to the left.
Recall that supporting details explain and clarify the main idea. These are underlined in the story.
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