Kids at Missouri Southern State University’s Child Development Center were all abuzz during special program on bees held Wednesday, July 13.

Lila Cade offers an up-close view of some of her bees to the kids at the Child Development Center.

Lila Cade offers an up-close view of some of her bees to the kids at the Child Development Center.

Lila Cade – a 6-year-old Carthage resident who has attended the campus daycare since she was 1 – gave the presentation, which included photos, video and some of her bees to allow the other children an up-close view. Honey samples were also available.

Cade, who will be starting second grade this fall, said she became interested in beekeeping after attending Joplin Area Beekeepers Association meetings with her father.

“My dad wanted to get bees so we went to a bunch of bee meetings and learned how to take care of them,” she said. “When we were ready, we bought them. We have two hives and a nuc (a small bee colony created from a larger colony). We’ve raised three queens.”

Cade, who is attending the Missouri Southern daycare for the summer, said she was excited to talk to the other kids about her hobby.

“I told them about how I’m a beekeeper, about honey, pollen, different kinds of bees, different kinds of cells and the bee lifecycle,” she said. “We have our own bee company … Little Honey’s Bee Company. I named it.”