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Bee Facts

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                                Bees Fun Facts

Bees can count to four

Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones

Honey bees never sleep!

Bees can recognize individual human faces

Honey bees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front

Brains of bees are the size of a sesame seed, which are about 20,000 times smaller than the human brain

Honey bees wings stroke 11,400 times per minute. This is what makes their distinctive buzz  

Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour

Bees are some of the most  feared insects due to their ability to sting and their great mobility

Bee stings actually cause several deaths in the United States each year

The only bees that die after they sting are Honey bees

Wasps and yellow jackets on the other hand are able to sting repeatedly
 
Bees are only able to sting once because the stinger of the bee remains in the victim’s skin. When the bee moves or is scraped away, the stinger is jerked from the bee’s body along with their venom sac causing their death

The only insect who produces food for humans are honeybees

Honey bees will travel up to 3 miles from their hive in search of food

It takes 12 bees their entire lifetime to make just one teaspoon of honey.

Honey bees visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. Field bees visit 50 to 100 flowers during each trip.

Honey is essentially dehydrated nectar from flowers. One honey bee hive visits about 225,000 flowers per day.

Honey bees have to consume about 8 pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax

A strong hive may contain up to 60,000 honey bees.

There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone

The queen goes on a mating flight several days after she emerges. Once a queen bee is mated, she keeps the drone's sperm alive inside her for the rest of her life. She never mates again.

The Honey bee Queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her lifetime

The Queen bee lays both unfertilized and fertilized eggs

Female workers develop from the fertilized egg and male drones develop from the unfertilized egg

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating approximately 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S

Bees are a part of the third largest insect order which also includes wasps and ants