INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HONEY BEE

  1. A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
  2. A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
  3. Honey bees have five eyes.
  4. Honey bees, like their name implies, are the only insects to make honey. Bumblebees make a honey like substance, but it tastes nothing like the sweet honey we know and love. They also make this in very small quantities. Honey bees though make honey in surplus so bee keepers are able to take a certain amount without hurting the bees or depriving them of food.
  5. Honey bees never sleep. No wonder worker bees have such a short lifespan.
  6. Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
  7. 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
  8. The honey bee colonies each have a distinct odor which allows for them to identify the members. Often times bee keepers will need to assimilate colonies. A way to do that would be to place bees from each colony into a paper bag together. The paper bag should have a divider so each colony stays in its own side. Being in the container together the smells will mix and they will not be able to recognize the other bees as enemies due to their familiar odor.
  9. The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  10. Honeybees are one of science’s great mysteries because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years, even though the world changed around them.

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