Discover the power of learning facts about bees! Explore the vital role these remarkable insects play in shaping our ecosystem while gaining valuable insights into their fascinating behaviors and contributions.
If you want to learn even more fun facts with your friends and family, be sure to check out our list of Epic Bug Facts and Weird Facts About Animals to discover even more fascinating finds you didn’t know before. If you’re looking to take your bee adventure to the next level, add in a fun Bee Craft like a Paper Bag Bee Craft or Bumble Bee Garden Rocks.
65 Fascinating Facts about Bees
- One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators such as bees.
- Social bees like Honey bees live in hives above ground.
- Solitary bees live below ground.
- Putting a bumble bee that looks like it is distressed on a bee-friendly flower will revive it.
- Bees love flowers like traditional cottage garden flowers and native wildflowers.
- Bees have four wings, two on each side hook together to form one big wing when flying and unhook when they are not flying.
- The bee’s “waggle dance” is actually how bees tell each other where to find the best food.
- Buff-tailed bumblebees have been trained to do tricks for sugary treats.
- Bumble bees can smell the scent of those bees that have visited a flower, knowing if it was them or another bee that they are related to.
- When a queen bee dies the worker bees will feed a larva special royal jelly and it will grow into a new queen bee.
- Bees have five eyes.
- Bees have six legs making them insects.
- Drones are the male bees in a hive.
- A bee can fly at 20 mph.
- Worker bees are female non-queen bees of the hive.
- A queen bee can lay 2000 eggs a day.
- When a bee stings you and loses its stinger, it will die.
- Bees have a pollen basket or curricula on their hind legs they use to carry pollen.
- There have been bees on the earth for 30 million years.
- An average beehive can hold up to 50,000 bees.
- It takes nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey from a bee.
- A forager bee will make about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- In the US, 1.3 pounds of honey is consumed per capita.
- Bees use pheromones to communicate with each other.
- Bees pollinate about 130 crops in the US, such as fruit, fiber, nuts, and vegetables.
- By pollinating crops, bees add $14 billion each year to improve crop yield and quality.
- Honey is the only food that humans eat that is made by insects.
- To make one pound of honey, a bee needs to fly 90,000 miles or 3 times around the globe.
- A bee would only need one ounce of honey to fly around the world.
- Honey is made of 80% sugar and 20% water.
- Bees have 8 paired glands on their body that they use to produce beeswax.
- In order to make a pound of beeswax, a bee needs to eat 17 to 20 pounds of honey.
- No matter the weather outside the hive, either hot or cold, the inside temperature of the central brood is 92 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Queen bees live about 2 to 3 years.
- A queen bee can mate with 17 drones in a 1 to 2-day time frame in the mating period.
- A queen bee’s daily egg production may equal her body weight.
- Queen bees do not eat or groom themselves. They have other bees that do that for them.
- Worker bees live longer in the winter, about 6 months, than in the spring or summer 4 weeks.
- The buzz of a bee’s wings comes from the fact that their wings stoke 11,400 times per minute.
- In one trip to collect pollen, a bee will visit 50 to 100 flowers.
- Apis Mellifera is the scientific name for Honey bees.
- Mead is a drink that is fermented honey.
- The term honeymoon comes from the large amount of Mead people would drink in the months after getting married.
- Female bees are the only ones that can sting.
- It takes 15 minutes for the whole hive to know that the queen is missing.
- The queen bee is about twice as long as the worker bees.
- Once a male drone bee mates, it dies.
- Honey bees use their antennae, tongue, jaw, and even their front feet to taste things.
- The antennae have over 300 sensors for tasting.
- We scientifically study bees almost as much as we study humans.
- The shape of the honeycomb structure of a hexagon makes super efficient use of beeswax and makes it less wasteful.
- Bees can not see the color red.
- Bees’ eyes are hairy.
- The temperature is what will make a bee active or not.
- A group of 4000 bees weighs about one pound.
- Bees are very neat and clean; they are known to groom each other and keep things neat and tidy.
- If left unattended, bees have been known to steal other bees’ honey.
- The honey bee’s sense of smell is 50 times more powerful than a dog’s.
- Bees have a stomach for eating and a stomach for storing nectar and producing honey with it.
- The brain of a honey bee is about the size of a sesame seed.
- It would take 3800 bee stings to kill the average human.
- The venom of a bee is more deadly than that of a cobra.
- One job of a set of worker bees is to get rid of the dead bees that do not make it out of the hive.
- Bees will take 40 to 50 naps a day, but when added up, they equal about 5 to 8 hours of sleep.
- There were coins in Ancient Greece that had bees on them.
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