26 Interesting Honey Bee Facts
- The best known honey bee is the Western honey bee or European honey bee which has been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination.
- A colony of bees consists of 20,000 to 60,000 honey bees & one queen bee.
- Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for member's identification.
- There are three types of bees in the hive - Queen, Worker and Drone.
- The Queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays egg. It can lay about 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day.
- Drones, the only male honey bees, die immediately after mating. Their only purpose is to provide sperm to the queen.
- Worker bees have a normal lifespan of 45 days.
- A queen honey bee does not die if she stings you.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces a food eaten by man.
- Honey bees can get sexually transmitted diseases.
- The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- Honey bees cannot talk to each other so they communicate through dances, vibration and body chemical signals.
- Honey bees cannot see the color red.
- Honey produced by honey bees never spoils. No need to refrigerate it. It can be left unopened, indefinitely, at the room temperature.
- A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip. She may visit 2,000 flowers per day.
- Honey bees are responsible for the survival of humans. One third of the food we eat is due to the pollination done by them.
- Honey bees can fly at speeds up to 15 miles per hour.
- The bees buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
- The honey bee has been around for millions of years.
- The worker bees produce honeycomb which comprises hexagonal shaped cells through the consumption of honey produced from the collected flower nectar.
- Honey bees have 5 eyes.
- Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting.
- The study of bees, which includes the study of honey bees, is known as melittology.
- Bee keeping dates back to at least 4,500 years.
- Honey was so much important in ancient Egypt that people paid their taxes with honey.
- Unlike humans, bees have 2 stomach. One is for eating and the other is for storing nectar.
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