Top 30 random bee facts that are sure to surprise you (Part 2)
Such a tiny insect, but there are not many other insect, animal species in this world can do a lot of extraodinary things like the bees. Remember what bee facts we did find out in the part 1 of this post? They are all really surprising, aren't they? What else about that you might have not known? Get they hete right now
Honey bees on a hive
- A honeybee can fly 24 km in an hour at a speed of 15 mph. Its wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.
- Bees have straw-like tongues called a proboscis so they can suck up liquids and also mandibles so they can chew.
- Bees carry pollen on their hind legs called a pollen basket. Pollen is a source of protein for the hive and is needed to feed to the baby bees to help them grow.
- A beehive in summer can have as many as 50,000 to 80,000 bees. A bee must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. It requires 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey. Bees fly more than once around the world to gather a pound of honey.
- The average worker bee makes about 1/12th of a tsp of honey in her lifetime.
- Bees have 2 pairs of wings. The wings have tiny teeth so they can lock together when the bee is flying.
- Bees communicate through chemical scents called pheromones and through special bee dances.
- Every 3rd mouthful of food is produced by bees pollinating crops. Flowering plants rely on bees for pollination so that they can produce fruit and seeds. Without bees pollinating these plants, there would not be very many fruits or vegetables to eat.
- A single beehive can make more than 100 pounds (45 kg) of extra honey. The beekeeper only harvests the extra honey made by the bees.
- The average life of a honey bee during the working season is about 3 to 6 weeks. There are 5 products that come from the hive: Honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly.
- Beeswax is produced by the bees. Bees have special glands on their stomach that secrete the wax into little wax pockets on their stomach. The bee takes the wax and chews it with her mandibles and shapes it to make honeycomb.
- Propolis is a sticky substance that bees collect from the buds of trees. Bees use propolis to weatherproof their hive against drafts or in spots where rain might leak in.
- People have discovered the anti-bacterial properties of propolis for use in the medical field.
- Although bears do like honey, they prefer to eat the bee larvae.
- Honey comes in different colours and flavours. The flower where the nectar was gathered from determines the flavour and colour of the honey.
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