A bee is a brownish-yellow swarming insect that produces honey.

Four species of bees are known: giant, honey, dwarf and eastern.

Bee interesting facts

1. Bees are the most numerous group of pollinating insects in the world. We owe more than 30% of plant food to their work.

2. The way bees collect honey has not changed for over 150 million years.

3. To produce a kilogram of honey, bees must collect nectar from 4 million flowers, covering a total distance of over 200,000 kilometers.

4. One bee can collect less than 10% of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

5. During one day, the honey bee visits up to 100 flowers.

6. Bees can fly at speeds of up to 24 km/h.

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7. The queen is the only bee that can lay eggs. In the summer months, it can fold over 2,000 a day.

8. Male honey bees – drones, do not have a stinger. They are bigger than the workers and do nothing but fertilize them.

9. Bees have a very good memory and learning ability. Scientists say they can remember people’s faces.

10. When a bee returns to the hive, it can show other bees with its body movement where it has discovered a place with nectar.

11. Albert Einstein said: “When the bees disappear from the face of the earth, a person will have no more than four years of life …”.

12. Bees looking for flowers can distance themselves from the hive even up to 5 km.

13. A person allergic to bee venom from a bite may die.

14. Bees have a heart and an aorta, despite the lack of a circulatory system. All internal organs rise up in a fluid called the hemolymph. Due to this, despite such hard work, the bee cannot die of a heart attack.

15. Severe pain after a bee bite lasts up to 2 hours. Later, for the next 2 days, we can observe the swelling. All symptoms should disappear within a week after the sting.

16. A bee’s brain has a million neurons. By comparison, the human brain has 100 billion neurons.

17. Bees feel no pain.

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18. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have taught bees to play golf.

19. Do not remove the bee’s sting with tweezers. This will inject the remains of the venom into the body.

20. In many countries of the European Union, bees are protected. Depending on the region and species, killing bees in Germany can be fined from 5,000 to even 65,000 euros. Allergy sufferers are exempt from criminal liability by killing a bee in their own defense.

21. A bee sting can be very dangerous for people suffering from kidney failure.

22. The drones only live in the hive during the summer. In the fall, they are thrown out by workers, and then die of hunger and cold.

23. There can be up to 2,500 drones in one hive.

24. The queen bee is fertilized by about 20-30 drones during the mating flight at a height of 5-20 meters above the ground.

25. Giant bees living in the wild in tropical and subtropical climates have a body length of up to 2.5 cm. Despite many attempts, it was not possible to domesticate them.

26. Whether a bee is aggressive or calm depends on the genes passed down from generation to generation.

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Bee questions and answers

How do bees communicate with each other?

Through the movement of your body, often called dance waving.

Answer: Marta

How long does a bee live?

Workers live 4 to 6 weeks. Honey bee from 120 to 150 days. The queen lives for 3 to 4 years.

Answer: Marta

How much do bees weigh?

A swarm of about 10,000 bees weighs about 1 kg.

Answer: Tomasz

How many bees are there in one colony?

From 20,000 to even 60,000.

Answer: ULa

How long does the queen bee live?

The queen bee can live up to 5 years. On average, from 3 to 4 years.

Answer: ULa

How does the bee make the characteristic clang?

It is the sound of their wings waving more than 12,000 times a minute (200 times a second).

Answer: ULa

Where can you meet bees?

In hives, and in the wild in gardens, forests, orchards and meadows. Wherever there are a lot of flowers. They build their nests in trees, in various crevices.

Answer: ULa

Are the bees sleeping?

Like humans, honeybees sleep 5 to 8 hours a night. The bees that return to the hive last are also the first to leave. The older the bees, the shorter their working hours, so they take place in the hive closer to the queen.

Answer: ULa

How many bees work a day?

Worker bees work the longest. From dawn to dusk. Remaining from a few to 12 hours.

Answer: ULa

A bee dies after a bite?

When a bee sticks a sting e.g. into a mammal’s body, it is unable to pull it out. Its abdominal part ruptures and it dies. Other insects can sting at will.

Answer: ULa

What makes a bee queen?

Adequate diet. Ordinary larvae are fed with bee’s milk, and the future queen is fed only with special jelly.

Answer: ULa

What does the male bee do if it doesn’t even have a sting or collect honey?

His only job is to impregnate the queen.

Answer: ULa

What happens to the bees that die in the hive?

They are thrown outside by workers.

Answer: ULa

When are the bees irritated?

On cool, windy, stormy days. They don’t like the smell of alcohol, kerosene, and sweat.

Answer: ULa

How many bees have to work a lifetime to fill a 900g jar of honey ???

During its lifetime, a bee is able to collect approximately 3 grams of honey, which means that you need about 300 to complete a 900 g jar. Location, climate, life expectancy etc., therefore, it is not possible to give an exact value.

Answer: Miodek

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