If you guys want to use Minecraft to educate then perhaps the bees should be more akin to real bees. Particularly in how the breed; this is very similar to the cow breeding, where there are only female cows and no bulls, yet they can breed.
I understand that its more consistent if all the animals can simply be bred with two of the same mob, but I am simply suggesting. Bees don't reproduce with a male and female. The queen produces larvae that are fed food until fully grown into regular bees. I'm no melittologist, but I believe that's generally how it works; with a queen bee occasionally reproduced in that bunch. So, in Minecraft, it would be more realistic if every nest generated has a queen bee and a worker or two, and that is how they are bred.
I don't know about the details, but it seems more educational if that's what you want, especially since I believe you added the bees because of their dying population and worsening condition as an animal.
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