Fun Bee Facts
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Bees are responsible for pollinating a third of the crops we eat.
Bees fly at an average speed of 20 mph, in flight a bee beats its wings around 180 times per minute!
Honey Bees sleep, and can often be found catching a snooze on a flower. Plus they have 5 eyes!
Bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.
A bee will visit between 50-100 flowers during one trip.
A queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day.
Worker honey bees are female. They live for 6 to 8 weeks and do all the work.
The male honey bees are called drones. They don't do any work as such, their main role is to reproduce. They have no stinger.
Honey bees communicate with one another by "dancing". This special Waggle dance tells other worker bees, the location of water or good forage for example.
A queen honey bee can control the colony by producing a unique odour or pheromone. This unique "smell" helps to identify colony members and stops female workers becoming fertile and breeding.
To collect a pound of honey a bee might have to fly a distance equivalent to twice round the world. This is likely to involve more than 10,000 flower visits on perhaps 500 foraging trips.
It has special 'baskets' made of stiff, curving hairs on its back legs, to carry pollen back to the hive.
We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.
Bees are able to detect and use gravity to navigate whilst in total darkness within the hive.
Bees can see near-ultraviolet light. Many flowers, have patterns that are invisible to humans unless illuminated by UV.
 
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