How to Draw a Beehive on a Tree

When it comes to the most important creatures in our ecosystem, bees are very much at the top of the list. From pollinating flowers to transporting seeds, let’s take a moment to celebrate their importance with their very own drawing.


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Start with a brown pen, and draw two parallel, wavy lines which meet at a point on the left-hand side, and with a short, vertical line on the right-hand side.


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From this central branch, add two more pointed shapes – one curving upwards, and the other waving gently downwards.


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Use an orange pen to add slight lines to the inside of the branches.


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And then return to a brown pen to fill in the remainder of the shape. Add a small, vertical line descending from the middle, ending with a short horizontal line.


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Next, take a red pen, and draw a series of shapes, increasing in size as they move downwards, ending around halfway down the page.


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Just beneath these, add an oval shape to the left-hand side, and make sure that the left hand line of this is thicker than the rest.


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Then, repeat the descending shapes as before, but decrease the length as you move towards the bottom of the page.


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Use a black pen to fill in the remainder of the oval shape – this is the hole of the beehive!


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Use a yellow pen to add color to the center of the beehive, with yellow dots on the ends of each segment.


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Then use an orange pen to fill in the rest of the beehive.


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Grab a gray pencil and add a small oval shape just below the beehive. Then, add a slight point to the right-hand side of this.


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On the left of this shape, add two small circles above an upturned semicircle. To the right of this, add a series of slightly curved, vertical lines moving across to the point. This is a bee!


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Add two wings to the top of your bee, a pair of curly antennae, and four small legs, created with short, vertical marks.


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Add another bee to the left-hand side of the hive, this time experimenting with slightly different patterns and stripes.


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Now, add a wavy line, complete with spirals and loops, moving around the bees and the hive.


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Use a black liner to fill in the stripes of the bees and define their outlines.


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Now use the same liner to go over the wavy, spiral lines with dashes, creating a broken line.


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Use an eraser to remove the guidelines, leaving you with two lines made up of dashes.


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Grab a pink pen, and add some color to your bees’ wings…


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Before filling in the rest of their body with a yellow pen.


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Finally, grab a green pen and add some color to the tree with some leaves!


Voila! You have created your very own beehive, home to hundreds of incredibly important insects which are essential to the running and success of our ecosystem.

Bees are one of the most important elements of any ecosystem, our overall environment, and the very basis of our natural world. Around 90% of all wild plants on the planet rely on animal pollination, as well as 75% of all leading global crops. In other words, one out of every three mouthfuls of food that we eat is dependent on pollinators.

To put this into perspective: those crops which depend on pollination are considered to be five times as valuable as those that do not – and bees are a crucial element in this. They are located in a huge range of locations across the world, including shingle, sand dunes, marshes, heathlands, soft cliffs, chalk grasslands, sea walls, gravel pits, quarries and post-industrial land, amongst others.

With so many bees hard at work, you may assume that they have a hard time finding their way around and fighting for territory, but this is far from the case. Bees have a series of “insect pathways”, known as “B lines”, which run through countryside and towns all over the world. These are used to link existing wildlife areas together, making it easy for bees to navigate their way around, and find the plants they need to pollinate.

The importance of bees means that it is crucial that we all do our part to take good care of them, and this includes planting plenty of flowers and foliage which are appealing to bees, including primrose, buddleia and marigolds.

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