Bees are some of the most amazing insects on the earth.  There are about 20,000 different species in the world.

 

They are considered to be beneficial because they pollinate our crops and plants.

 

They live on all continents except Antarctica.

 

Where Bees Live

 

Bees live in colonies. Within the colonies are the queen, the worker, and the drones.

 

The queen and the drones are all female but only the queen can reproduce. The workers are male.

 

What They Do

 

The workers will clean the hive, collect pollen, feed the colony, and take care of the offspring.

 

The only job of the drone is to mate with the queen. The only job of the queen is to simply lay eggs.

 

Their Defense

 

Only females can sting. They carry venom in a sac that is attached to their stinger. Only females can sting.

 

The stinger is actually part of the females reproductive organs. A queen uses this reproductive part to lay eggs and to sting.

 

Females that are sterile can’t lay eggs, therefore, they only sting.

 

Did You Know

 

  • The purpose of making honey is to feed their young through the winter.
  • Smoke calms bees so beekeepers can collect the honey from the hives.
  • They see all colors but red.
  • Killer bees can chase a person for over 1/4 of a mile once aggressive.
  • Certain species of bees lose part of their abdomen after stinging and die because of it.
  • Bumblebees and Carpenter Bees can sting more than once.
  • The honeybee’s wings flap over 11,000 times a minute.
  • If you jump in the water to escape a swarm of killer bees, they will stay and wait for you to come out.
  • A queen can lay between 600 and 1500 eggs per day during her 3 to 4 year lifetime.
  • Honeybees can fly up to 15 mph.
  • A Typical hive can produce up to 400 lbs of honey per year.
  • Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.
  • Honey is the only food made by an insect that is eaten by man.
  • The toxin in venom is called melittin and may cure HIV.

 

 

Bees are important to our ecosystem and our food source, find out why and how they do it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many things we can learn about bees. They are hard workers and diligent. They work hard pollinating flowers to provide honey.

 

Are you interested in learning more about them? Do you know any facts about bees you can share with our readers? Feel free to leave your comments below.