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
|Honey Bees sleep, and can often be found
catching a snooze on a flower. Plus they have 5
|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
|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
|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.