Here are some of our favorite honey bee facts, we’ve also added information to get you started, generic facts, scientific research, historical points, and a bunch of quirky facts about honey bees.
Long ago humans and bees had a special symbiotic relationship. The bees pollinated our land giving us plants, fruits, vegetables, and epic landscapes and in return we protected the bees. That was some time ago, and humans have lost sight of what matters most… Even though humans now have many things to focus on, the bees never lost sight and have been keeping busy more so now than ever. This brings us to the Busy Bees Club!
Interesting Facts About Honey Bees
- The reason bees are so noisy is that they beat their wings 11,400 times in one minute!
- Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
- Only female bees can sting. Male bees don’t have stingers.
- A Queen Bee can produce 2,000 eggs a day. Fertilized eggs become females and unfertilized eggs become males, with the help of pheromones.
- Honey bees communicate through a series of dance moves.
- A hive of bees will fly over 55,000 miles to make 1lb of honey and can create 100lbs of honey in a year.
- Male bees in the hive are called drones.
- Bees can sense the hormone a human gives off when they’re scared. If they feel their hive is threatened they’ll attack.
- The Honey Bee is the only insect that makes food man can eat.
- To get more bees in your garden grow more colors.
- Each Honey Bee from the same hive has their own specific color identification.
- The Ancient Egyptian King Pepy II came up with a clever insect repellent. He would cover a slave completely with honey so they would be attracted to the honey and not him.
- Eating honey makes you smarter! It has an antioxidant that improves brain functions.
- Bees have 5 eyes
- Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs
- Bees fly about 20 mph
- Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees
- Losing its stinger will cause a bee to die
- Bees have been here about 30 million years!
- Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a pollen basket or corbicula
- An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees
- The average forager makes about 1/12 th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
- The average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds
- The principal form of communication among honey bees is through chemicals called pheromones
- Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality.
- Male honey bees (drones) have no father, but they do have a grandfather!
- Bees are simply amazing