19 Blissful, Beaming, Brilliant, Buzzworthy Bee Facts

Everyone has an opinion about bees. Whether you love them, hate them, or really just don’t want to be stung, there’s something for you to learn about them. Don’t bee afraid to indulge in some of these sweet bee facts, Honey. ;)

  1. Bees can see ultra violet rays. They see the world primarily in purples and blues.
  2. There are three different types of bees: queens, workers and drones.
  3. Almonds are completely dependent upon the honey bee for pollination.
  4. Bees, known for producing honey, beeswax, and their pollination of plants, are flying insects whom are closely related to ants and wasps.
  5. Human beekeeping has been practiced for millennia , since at the times of Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.
  6. Outside of producing honey and pollinating plants, bees also produce royal jelly, beeswax, and “propolis” (Bee glue!)
  7. Wing beat frequency normally increases as size decreases. A bee flaps its wings approximately 230 times per second.
  8. Honey bees fly at an average speed of about 15 miles per  hour.
  9. One honeybee will only produce around 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  10. Not only are honey and beeswax valuable commodities, bees also produce pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom, which play roles in alternative medicine and health food. Moreover, bee stings have been used for treatment of multiple sclerosis.
  11. Over 20,000 bee species are known today. They are classified in nine families divided further by tongue length. (short, medium, long)
  12. Africanized honey bees (AKA: Killer bees) are slightly smaller than the European honey bee. Only an expert can tell them apart.premium_landscape
  13. Bees have just ten receptors for taste, but 163 receptors for smell.
  14. There were no honey bees in America before European settlers brought them over from Europe.
  15. Honey bees communicate via dancing. The Round dance communicates the nearby presence of food. The Waggle dance is used to communicate the location of a food source more than 165ft away from the hive. The direction, distance, and quality of the food is made known through the Waggle. If a threat is detected near the food, another bee will interrupt the dancing bee with a head-butt.
  16. The southeastern blueberry bee can visit as many as 50000 blueberry flowers in her life and pollinate enough of them to produce more than 6000 blueberries.
  17. Bees can be found on every single continent except Antarctica, in all habitats on the planet that contain insect-pollinated flowering plants.
  18. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea and are presently considered a clade, called Anthophila. (And if you know what any of that means, you’ve gotta bee pretty smart!)
  19. Here’s some serious bee knowledge! Some species of bees are currently becoming endangered due to varroa mites, so research is being done to figure out how to undo what the mites have and restore bee population back to much safer numbers. After much research, bee scientists have found out (through many hours of labor intensive work) that the most productive option is a steep increase in bee sex. Sadly, this solution can’t be taken full scale due to the inability to regulate all the bee sex happening ever, so other solutions are currently being investigated. (More on scientific bee sex here)

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