Honey Bee Facts


1.Bees have 5 eyes: two big ones in the front of their head and three smaller ones on top of their head, which help them, fly properly.

2. The queen bee can live for several years. In contrast, worker bees live for only six weeks during the hectic summer and for four to nine months during the inactive winter.

3. Karl von Frisch received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973 for deciphering the "waggle dance", which is how honeybees communicate with one another.

4. Honeybees are naturally non-aggressive and will not sting unless protecting their hive from intrusion or if they are excessively provoked.

5. Honeybees survive the winter months by clustering together for warmth and they can maintain an internal hive temperature of 93 degrees Fahrenheit / 34 degrees Celsius regardless of the outside temperature.

6. Honeybees are responsible for 80% of all insect pollination. Without their industriousness, the world would experience a significant decrease in the yield of fruit and vegetable crops.

7. Pollen, which is primarily protein, is fed only to honeybee larva while nectar, which is primarily sugar, is fed to both honeybee larva and adults.

8. In summertime, honeybees cool the hive by fanning the air with their wings. The hum of all those beating wings can be heard from several feet away.

9. Honeybees will ultimately pollinate every flower accessible to them, but they begin with their favorites first (i.e., salvia) and save their least favorites for last (i.e., pear).

10. The average worker bee produces only about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

11. A hive requires approximately 60 pounds / 27 kilograms of honey to sustain itself through the winter months.

12. Beeswax is used by the honeybee to build honeycomb and is secreted from specialized glands on its abdomen. Humans use beeswax for many useful applications including medicines, health and beauty products, artists' materials, wood polish, and candles.

13. A honeybee typically visits between 50 and 100 flowers during each of her many foraging trips. During a busy day, she may visit up to a total of 2,000 flowers.

14. It takes about three weeks for a honeybee egg to hatch and the new honeybee to reach adulthood.

15. "Bee venom therapy" is endorsed by some health practitioners as a means of treating certain diseases and conditions such as arthritis, neuralgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and multiple sclerosis.

16. Honeybees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowering trees and plants, and it is the nectar source itself that determines a honey's color and flavor.