The diagram shows the life cycle of the honey bee

The diagram shows the life cycle of the honey bee. Two things to consider are:

  1. how to summarise the diagram before describing the stages in detail
  2. whether to use active or passive verb forms

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nymph = immature form of an insect
moult = shed or lose old feathers, hair or skin to allow for new growth

IELTS Writing Task 1: introduction and overview

As I’ve explained before, we don’t write a conclusion for task 1, we write an overview. You can put this at the end of your essay, but I prefer to put it straight after the introduction. Let’s return to last week’s life cycle question.

Example introduction and overview:

The diagram illustrates the various stages in the life of a honey bee. We can see that the complete life cycle lasts between 34 and 36 days. It is also noticeable that there are five main stages in the development of the honey bee, from egg to mature adult insect.

Note: I often separate the introduction and overview, but in this case I’ve put them together in the same paragraph. Both ways are fine.

IELTS Writing Task 1: life cycle essay

Here’s my full essay for the life cycle question:

The diagram illustrates the various stages in the life of a honey bee. We can see that the complete life cycle lasts between 34 and 36 days. It is also noticeable that there are five main stages in the development of the honey bee, from egg to mature adult insect.

The life cycle of the honey bee begins when the female adult lays an egg; the female typically lays one or two eggs every 3 days. Between 9 and 10 days later, each egg hatches and the immature insect, or nymph, appears.

During the third stage of the life cycle, the nymph grows in size and sheds its skin three times. This moulting first takes place 5 days after the egg hatches, then 7 days later, and again another 9 days later. After a total of 30 to 31 days from the start of the cycle, the young adult honey bee emerges from its final moulting stage, and in the space of only 4 days it reaches full maturity.

(169 words, band 9)