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The honey bee has been around for millions of years and has been studied and written about for ages. Here are 15 facts about bees about to keep you buzzing.
Facts about bees:
- The bees’ “buzz” is the sound made by their wings. Honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second or around 11,400 times per minute.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. The average American eats about one pound of honey a year.
- A single bee will produce only about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. To produce one pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.
- A honey bee will visit anywhere from 50 to 100 flowers during a single collection trip.
- A single hive can produce anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds of honey every year.
- The name ‘Melissa’ is derived from the Greek word for honey bee.
- A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
- Scientists have trained bees to recognize explosives.
- A newly hatched queen immediately kills all other hatched and unhatched queens in the hive.
- For every pound of honey produced, a hive must collect 10 pounds of pollen.
- Bees have 5 eyes: 3 simple eyes, and 2 compound eyes.
- The science of beekeeping is called “apiculture”.
- Bees are sold by the pound. A single bee weighs .00025 pounds. 4000 bees together weigh only one pound.
- Bees have 2 stomachs. One for eating, and one for storing nectar.
- Drones die after mating with a queen.