Honey Bees are very social insects that like to live and work in colonies. The bee hive contains a bee population that consists of a lone queen, a few hundred drones, and thousands upon thousands of worker bees. The Honey Bees that make their home in Florida, forage for nectar and pollen from flowering plants. Honey Bees represent only a small fraction of the roughly 20,000 known species of bees. The best known Honey Bee is the Western Honey Bee which has been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, including the stingless Honey Bees, but only members of the genus Apis are true Honey Bees. The Honey Bee is an amazing creature!
Here are a few facts about Honey Bees that will make you say…. Wow!
The Honey Bee has been around for millions of years.
The Honey Bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man……..That’s amazing!!!!!
The Honey Bees wings are incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second. This super fast movement is what gives the Honey Bee their distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour………. Talk about being in a marathon!
It would only take one ounce of honey to fuel a Honey Bee to fly around the world!!
The average Honey Bee will produce about 1/12th a teaspoon of Honey in her lifetime.
The Honey Bee’s brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
How does one Honey Bee communicate with another Honey Bee? They dance!!! ……We find this very cool!!
The National Geographic is also spreading the Buzz about the Honey Bees!
Grab the kids and check it out….
There are so many more facts on Honey Bees, we will continuously update with more and more facts since everyone finds them so interesting!!