Honey Bees

Honey Bees

We often do not pay attention to the world around us. There are so many diverse fauna and flora around us that so many interesting things may missed. Honeybees are the most industrious insects in the world. No one else in the past 50 million years has been able to repeat the unique actions that took place behind the thin walls of the honeycomb in the hive. Honeybees are real workers, and they do not care about the weather.

Working bees typically have a lifespan of six to eight weeks and can fly 60,000 KM. Bees have a long straw-like tongue called a trunk, which they use to suck liquid nectar from flowers. In a single day, a worker bee visits 10,000 flowers to collect nectar drops that it uses to produce honey for the hive. Despite their hard work, working bees produce less than a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime.

Every third bite the average person eats is pollinated by bees, including the majority of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, spices and oil plants. Bees also pollinate coffee, fodder, meat, dairy products, cattle and other livestock. In addition, if it were not for the bees, we would have had no idea about such a healthy and tasty delicacy like honey.

Here are some unusual facts about

Honey Bees

# 1. Bees from one hive harvest about 150 kg of honey per year.

# 2. Bees are common on all continents except Antarctica.

# 3. It takes about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee flight around the world.

# 4. Honeybees have over 170 scent receptors, a sense of smell 50 times stronger than that of a dog.

# 5. Throughout its life, one bee produces about one twelfth teaspoon of honey.

# 6. More than a trillion flowers are pollinated by bees around the world every day.

# 7. The maturation of a bee egg is about 17 days.

# 8. The upper jaws of the bee are needed to collect honey.

# 9. At the end of summer, the queen with a swarm of bees goes in search of a new home.

# 10. A person can die from a hundred bee stings.

# 11. In order to make 1 kg of honey, bees need to visit about eight million flowers.

# 12. Bees easily find their way home, even if they fly very far from their native hive in search of pollen and nectar.

# 13. One cell contains on average about one hundred thousand pollen particles.

# 14. During the winter, bees hibernate and eats on average about 30-35 kg of honey.

# 15. The bee is able to recognize the smell of a flower with nectar at a distance of more than a kilometer.

# 16. Bees communicate with each other using body movements and certain pheromones.

# 17. Having filled the abdomen with nectar, the bee loses its ability to sting.

# 18. Bees from one hive cannot fly into another, otherwise they will immediately be attacked by its defenders - other bees.

# 19. A queen bee under favorable conditions can lay up to 3000 eggs daily.

# 20. To get one spoonful of honey, bees have to work in the amount of two hundred a day.

# 21. It is imperative that a certain number of bees are in the hive all the time to provide high quality ventilation to evaporate excess moisture from the nectar, which turns into honey.

# 22. To warn other bees about the presence of a food source, the bee begins to perform a special dance with the help of circular flights around its axis.

# 23. On average, bees fly at a speed of 24 km/h.

# 24. A bee can explore an area of more than 12 hectares per day.

# 25. About 100 thousand particles of pollen are included in one honeycomb and about 160 ml is the weight of nectar deposited in it.

# 26. In one day, a bee makes about 10 flights and brings 200 mg of pollen.

# 27. The weight of a bee is 0.1 grams. It's carrying capacity is with nectar 0.035 g, with honey 0.06 g.

# 28. The queen bee does not sting a person even in an irritated state.

# 29. Honey is characterized by a unique property - to keep food fresh for a long time and contains a huge amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

# 30. In one second, a bee makes up to 440 wing beats.

# 31. One bee family need about two glasses of water a day.

# 32. One of the amazing wonders of the world is the relationship between a bee and a flower.

# 33. The smell of laundry soap soothes the bees.

# 34. Bees do not like strong smells.

# 35. The Romans and Greeks used honey for preserving fresh meat.

# 36. In a bee colony, all important responsibilities are equally divided. An average bee colony consists of about 50 thousand bees. Up to 30% of the entire bee colony work daily to collect pollen.