Fun Facts about Bees!

  • Honey bees have five eyes.
  • Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
  • A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
  • Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey.
  • Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey.
  • On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
  • Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.

 

Bees have Personalities!?!

Did you know bees have personalities?  Some are harder workers than others, some are a bit lazy, but they are all able to solve problems as a group with their communication repertoire.  One inspiring bee scientist, Marla Spivak, just won a MacArthur grant for half a million dollars!  She found a way to breed bees that can get rid of larva that are infected so they won’t hurt the whole hive.  We sent her a Buzzy for her desktop bee collection.

 

Bees-On-The-Net

For general bee-keeping information and a lot of information about bees themselves, check out Bees-On-The-Netwww.bees-on-the-net.com for lots of cool pictures on weird bee stuff.

 

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