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Neat Facts about Honey Bees

Neat Facts about Honey Bees:

  • The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime (all worker bees are female)
  • A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth, to collect 1 kg of honey.
  • The honey bee is totally responsible for the pollination of over 90 fruit and vegetable crops worldwide.
  • Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
  • It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • The honey bees wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz.  
  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-80,000 honeybees and one queen.
  • The queen bee can live up to 5 years and its role is to fill the hive with eggs.
  • The queen is the busiest in the summer when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength; she lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
  • The queen bee has control over whether she lays male or female eggs. 
  • Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members' identification.
  • Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened, and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don't leave the hive to help defend it.
  • It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are required to be fatal.
  • Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.  Read more on their awesome sense of time, communication of distance and direction in "The Awesome Honeybee Dance".

Get The Buzz On Honey Bees!

Be amazed by how honey bees organize themselves and assume the different

roles in the hive. There is every reason why the bees are known a superorganism!

 

More in Awesome Roles of Bees in a Hive.

•Scientists have harnessed the honey bee's phenomenal sense of smell to detect and track down explosives hidden by terrorists.

Cool Things You Can Do with Honey

  • Make a glass of lukewarm honey water mixed with a pinch of cinnamon powder to help boost your immune system during the cold season. It is also helpful in clearing the sinuses.
  • Mix honey with cinnamon powder, apply paste to pimples before sleeping and wash away the next morning.
  • Apply a paste of cinnamon powder and honey on an aching tooth.

 

"If the honey bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years to live."
-Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

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