The Beauty Of Bees

Amazing Facts About Bees

Honey bees are pollinators. This means they transfer pollen between male and female plant parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.

Honey Bees live in hives or colonies. Hive members are divided into three types.

  • Queens are in charge of the whole hive. Her job is to lay eggs to produce the next generation of bees. She gives the other bees  instructions from the chemicals she produces.
  • The Worker Bees job is to find pollen and nectar from flowers for food. They also build and protect the hive and clean and circulate air as they beat their winds. Worker Bees are all female. 
  • Drones are male Bees and their job is to mate with the new Queen. A few hundred live in each hive during the spring and summer. During the winter the hive goes into survival mode and the drones get kicked out.

Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the winter. They produce 2-3 times more honey than they need.

If the Queen dies workers will create a new Queen from the new baby bees and feed it special food called Royal Jelly to enable it to develop into a fertile Queen.

Honey Bees beat their wings 200 times per second and can fly at 25 Km’s an hour.

Honey Bees have a top sense of smell. Enabling them to find different types of flowers when they are searching for food and communicate within the Hive. They have 170 odorant receptors. 

The average life span of the worker bee is around 5-6 weeks. The Queen can live up to 5 years and can lay up to 2,500 eggs in a day during the summer. 

Honey Bees have go great moves. They waggle their body to share the directions to the best food sources.

Colonies have been disappearing over the last 15 years with billions of honey bees all over the world leaving their hives and not returning. In some regions, up to 90% of the bees have vanished. This is referred to as colony collapse disorder.

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