Bees are some of the most extraordinary creatures on the planet. As pollinators, they are responsible for up to a third of the food you eat. Now you are alert! Yes. Bees are wonderful little creatures that through their seemingly insignificant activity make the world a greener place. And of course, they also keep your stomach full. The following are some of the bee facts that will leave you amazed.
1.The queen and stinging honey bees
If you have ever been stung, then most likely it’s a by the worker. Only the female bees do the stinging. Drones are not able to sting. The queen bees can sting but on very rare occasions. That is because they remain close to the colony for the rest of their lives. Another interesting fact about the queen is that other bees note her absence within a very short time. To survive the cold months, the queen forms a cluster to keep the colony warm.
There are about 50,000 honey bees in a typical colony. This is quite different with the bumblebees which at most, are a few hundreds. Organization within a colony is top notch. The thousands of bees function together as a whole. This is important to ensure the numerous tasks within the hive are fulfilled. Essentially, there are about 9000 larvae that need feeding, honeycomb to construct and egg cells to watch. The honeybees are the only insects that make food eaten by human beings. So long as the honey bees have the food resources, they can easily survive the winter. Thisis in contrast to the bumblebee colonies.
There are about 300 drones in a colony. These male honey bees die soon after mating. The poor creatures! Drones spend their life feeding on nectar and buzzing around flowers, and of course mating. They do very little to help out around the hive. Unfortunately, they are among the first to be thrown out of the colony when it becomes severe – during winters and when nectar and pollen are scarce.
4.The eggs and larvae
New larvae hatch from about 6000 eggs. It only takes three days for them to hatch. On hatching, the larvae will need to be fed up to 1,300 every day. This task of feeding the brood is left specifically to the worker bees referred to as the ‘brood nurses.’ During the cold months, the queen stops laying eggs, and so there is no brood to take care of.
The worker bees fly approximately 55,000 miles to produce up to a handful of honey. They forage up to 2 million flowers. And they do not do it on the next door. Foraging bees travel between 1 to 6 kilometers to find food. They can also go as far as 13.5 km. Honey bees reach a speed of 15 mph, and their wings beat 200 times a second. In its lifetime, the worker bee only makes a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey during its life time. Many of the workers die naturally especially during winters.
Without a doubt, bees are amazing little creatures. Their colonies are well organized, and each type of the honey has a task to take care of. Through what they do, honey bees are responsible for keeping the environment green as pollinators. They also make sure you don’t go hungry. Therefore, the next time you come across a bee, don’t be so quick to kill it. Learn about them, and you will appreciate them better.