Bees. They are one of the most fascinating insects in the animal kingdom, but how much do we really know about them? Here are 10 facts you didn’t know about honeybees.
10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Honeybees
Worker bees are the most common honeybee and make up 99% of the population of each colony.
The Queen Bee has the all-important job of laying eggs to create the next generation of bees, but that is not where her skills end. Queens also keeps the hive in order by releasing chemicals that regulate the behavior of all of the other bees. She is not to be messed with!
Bees must visit 2 million flowers to make 1lb of honey, meaning one hive of bees will fly over 55,000 miles to produce it. On average one hive can produce up to 100lbs of honey each year.
Have you ever wondered how honeybees can buzz so loudly? Well, their wings stroke a staggering 11,400 times per minute, that’s how.
Honeybees communicate via dancing, how cool is that? To inform worker bees of the location of their food sources, bees perform a set of movements known as the ‘waggle dance talk’.
On average queen bees lay between 2,000 and 3,000 eggs per day. Now we know the true meaning of being as busy as a bee.
Although drones can live for up to 4 months, once they have mated they will die immediately.
It is only female bees that sting, as male honeybees do not have a stinger!
Over 70% of crops grown around the world are pollinated by bees, so if it weren’t for bees there would not be enough food to feed everyone.
Bees can detect human pheromones that we release when we are scared. The bees will know that their hive is in danger and will begin to attack if you intrude.
This was the 10 facts you didn’t know about honeybees. If you enjoyed this educational fact article, check out our other top 10’s here at StarkFeed. Such as articles like Best 8 habits of highly successful employee.