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Bee venom is used as a treatment for several ailments, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
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A honey bee visits 50-100 flowers during a collection tour.
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Bees go through four stages of development: Egg, Larvae, Pupae and Adult Bee.
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The scientific name for Giant Anteater is Myrmecophaga Tridactyla. This means “ant eating with three fingers”.
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Bees have 2 stomachs – one for eating, and one for storing nectar.
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Bees cannot see the color red.
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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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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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Bees have been found to be capable of recognizing and distinguishing between faces, both of humans and other bees.
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Honey bees live as large colonies in honeycomb structures built from beeswax called hives.
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It would take about 1.2 million mosquito bites to drain all the blood from your body.
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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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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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Bees use the sun as a compass, and on cloudy days, use polarized light to find their way.
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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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Ants have no ears, and some have no eyes! Ants “listen” by feeling vibrations from the ground through their feet, and blind ants use antennas to communicate!
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There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide.
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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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Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes.
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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 have straw-like tongues called a proboscis so they can suck up liquids and also mandibles so they can chew.
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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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Humans are not the first choice for most mosquitoes; they actually prefer birds, cattles and horses over humans.
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The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
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Ants can be found on every single continent except Antarctica.
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A newly hatched queen immediately kills all other hatched and unhatched queens in the hive.
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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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Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever, encephalitis, elephantiasis and West Nile virus.
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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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The bees buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
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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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There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes.
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Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal in the world because it transmits malaria, which kills over 700,000 people every year, mainly in Africa.
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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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Every bee colony has its own distinct scent so that members can identify each other.
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Female mosquitoes locate hosts by detecting emitted carbon dioxide, lactic acid, octenol and body heat. In fact, a mosquito can sense exhaled carbon dioxide from up to 75 feet away.
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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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There are three types of bees in every hive: a queen, worker bees, and drones.
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Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
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Over 3,700 miles was the biggest ant-nest ever discovered! Was Found in Argentina in 2000, and had aprox. 33 ant populations, with millions of nests and billions of workers!
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The world’s largest statue of a mosquito is a roadside attraction in Komarno, Manitoba, the Mosquito Capital of Canada. Sculpted in 1984, it is made of steel and has a wingspan of 15 feet.
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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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A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen.
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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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Bees love blue and love cluster plants like lavender and rosemary.
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Only female mosquitoes bite. Both male and female feed mainly on fruit and plant nectar, but the female also needs the protein in blood to help her eggs develop.
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In the Stealthy Insect Sensor Project, Los Alamos scientists have trained bees to recognize explosives.

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