Honey Bees are fascinating and amazing insects. They make delicious honey and help to pollinate our crops. Without pollination, we would have less food. To name a few, honey bees pollinate the following:
- Almond Trees
- and many many more.
Here are some honey bee fun facts!
1. Honey bees are insects. They have five eyes and six legs.
2. Honey bees live in hives. They are divided into three types:
- Queen: One queen per hive. Her role is to lay eggs, she could lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
- Workers: They are all female and their roles change over time. They start by nursing the larva, cleaning the hive, guard it, and the last part of their lives, they spend it as foragers.
- Drones: They are the male bees, and their only role is to mate with the new queen. They are a little bit bigger than the worker bees and have huge eyes. They live in the hive during Spring and Summer. In the Fall, the worker bees will start kicking them out.
3. It takes 21 days for a worker bee to be born. Queen bees take 15 to 16 days and drones 24 days.
4. The beehive may have around 50,000 honey bees.
5. One honey bee will make 1/8 of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime.
6. Bees are awake during winter, they stay in a cluster to keep the beehive warm up to 95 °F. The queen bee is generally in the middle of the cluster.
7. During summer, honey bees fan the hive to keep it nice and cold.
8. Worker bees live an average of five to six weeks. Queen bees lifespan is 2 to 3 years.
9. Honey Bees can share the location of their food sources with other honey bees, they do their waggle dance. The following video will show the waggle dance.
10. They have a really long tongue, it helps them to get the nectar from the flowers.
11. At one point during spring, the beehive will swarm. That´s the natural way of reproduction for a beehive. The Queen Bee takes about half of the hive to find a new home. The other half of the colony makes a new queen bee.
12. The hexagonal composition of the hives is called a comb. It is the most efficient and space-saving method.
13. Beekeepers use smoke to calm bees when working on the beehives.
14. In the past 15 years, colonies have been disappearing, and nobody knows why! It is called colony collapse disorder. In some places, up to 90% of honey bees have disappeared!
I hope you enjoy these fun facts about honey bees!