Bees Facts

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Looking for amazing facts and informations about Bees? Below you can discover thirty-six curiosities that are real, even if they are weird or funny, so please make sure to vote what you think is interesting!

Quick bees info box

  • Life span: 5-7 weeks / The Queen can live up to 5 years
  • Where he lives (living environment): Sheltered forests, orchards, meadows, gardens, practically anywhere with lots of flowers around.
  • Scientific name: Apis
  • What eats (main food): Nectar and pollen from flowers.
  • Predators (those who hunt / eat this animal): Birds, rodents, reptiles, bears, bears
  • Diet / Category: Herbivore / Insect
  • On which continents are found: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, Europe.

Discover interesting Bees facts

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Bees have been found to be capable of recognizing and distinguishing between faces, both of humans and other bees.
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Since 1900, the United Kingdom has lost 13 species of bees, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. None are protected by law. Across Europe nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction.
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A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen.
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The smallest bee is a type of stingless worker bee that's about 2.1 mm long. The largest bee is a type of leafcutter bee whose females can reach 39 mm.
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According to an old wives tale, a bee entering your house means a visitor is on his way, and if you kill the bee, the visitor won’t be a pleasant one.
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Beeswax comes from abdomen glands of a worker bee, they use the wax to form the walls and caps of the comb.
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The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
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Every bee colony has its own distinct scent so that members can identify each other.
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In the Stealthy Insect Sensor Project, Los Alamos scientists have trained bees to recognize explosives.
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Honey bees don’t sleep. Instead, they spend their nights motionless, conserving energy for the next day’s activities.
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Bees love blue and love cluster plants like lavender and rosemary.
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Honey bees live as large colonies in honeycomb structures built from beeswax called hives.
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Bees have 2 pairs of wings. The wings have tiny teeth so they can lock together when the bee is flying.
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The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
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Bees go through four stages of development: Egg, Larvae, Pupae and Adult Bee.
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The bees buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
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Bees use the sun as a compass, and on cloudy days, use polarized light to find their way.
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Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
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Worker bees perform the following tasks outside the hive as Field Bees: Gathering nectar and pollen from flowers, collecting water and a sticky substance called propolis.
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To make one pound of honey, honey bees must gather nectar from nearly 2 million flowers.
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Bees have straw-like tongues called a proboscis so they can suck up liquids and also mandibles so they can chew.
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Bees have 2 stomachs – one for eating, and one for storing nectar.
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A honey bee visits 50-100 flowers during a collection tour.
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During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm
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Bees make honey by regurgitating digested nectar into honeycomb cells and then fanning it with their wings.
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A newly hatched queen immediately kills all other hatched and unhatched queens in the hive.
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There are 16,000 species. Most are solitary insects; only about 5 percent are social bees, the most common being the honeybee.
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There are three types of bees in every hive: a queen, worker bees, and drones.
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Before bees bodies evolved to be specialized pollen collectors, other insects, like beetles, pollinated flowers in much smaller numbers. As time went on, both flowers and bees evolved to get better at pollination and gathering nectar.
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A worker bee can carry a load of nectar or pollen equal to 80% of her own body weight.
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Male honey bees serve only one purpose: They provide sperm to the queen. About a week after emerging from their cells, the drones are ready to mate. After they've fulfilled that purpose, they die.
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Bee venom is used as a treatment for several ailments, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
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Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don't leave the hive to help defend it. It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are required to be fatal.
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Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes.
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Bees cannot see the color red.

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