Amazing Facts About Bees
Here are some amazing facts about bees and honey.
Did you know:
- Bees have been around for more than 30 million years.
- A bee’s wings beat around 200 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute. This makes them super flyers who can fly at about 25km per hour.
- There are around 20,000 species of bees in the world but not all of them produce honey.
- Bees pollinate 75% of the world’s main food crops.
- A honey bee hive will contain 1 queen, hundreds of male drones and thousands of female workers.
- The queen bee will lay around 1,500 eggs a day. If the queen dies, the workers will create a new queen, by selecting a new young lava and feeding it royal jelly.
- Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat.
- On average, a honey bee hive will produce 24 jars of honey in a season, but one bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its entire life.
- Honey contains all of the substances needed to sustain life, including enzymes, water, minerals and vitamins.
- Many plants rely on insects like bees in order to be pollinated; which is why they provide nectar.
- It is only the female worker bees who will sting you, but only if they feel threatened.
- Each colony smells different to bees, this is so they can tell where they live. Bees communicate by smells called ‘pheromones’ and by performing special ‘dances’.
- It would take 1,100 bees to make 1kg of honey and they would have to visit 4 million flowers.
- A third of all the plants we eat have been pollinated by bees.
- Honey tastes differently depending on the flowers the bees use to make it.
- Honey has natural preservatives and can be stored for use indefinitely.
How can we help you?
If you think you have a bee nest on your property that is causing problems, get in touch with Louise to arrange for a site visit and no-obligation quote: