Bee Facts and interesting information

 

Did you know that...                                               

the honeybee is the only insect that produces food that is eaten by people   

a honeybee's wings beat about 200 times per second, that is what we hear as a buzz

to collect enough pollen for 1kg of honey, a colony of bees will fly a distance equivalent to three Earth orbits   

the honeybee takes the nectar from 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey

honey is the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant linked to improved brain function

 

Queen, Drones  and worker bees                                     

Drone -  the male of the honey bee species is characterised by a wider body mass and larger eyes compared to female honey bees. Drones  have no sting. They do no work and are only good for mating! 

Queen - a completely developed female honey bee capable of laying eggs, with  a life span of approximately four to six years. She is an egg-laying machine capable of producing 1,500 eggs a day during the peak of the summer. The queen produces pheromones that communicate information throughout the hive.                                  

Worker bee - a female honey bee that carries out the majority of the work necessary for the proper functioning of the  colony and has a life span of five to six weeks during the summer and four to six months during the winter. Worker bees perform a number of different roles, acting as:            

    • housekeeper bees cleaning cells                                                                          
    • nurse bees rearing the brood or tending to the queen                                                              
    • house bees receiving nectar and pollen and storing it in cells                                                                  
    • comb - building bees                                                                   
    • heater bees incubating the brood nest                                                                              
    • bees supplying heater bees with honey for energy                                                                     
    • undertaker bees removing dead bees, larvae, and pupae from the hive                                           
    • ventilation bees                                                                            
    • cementing bees working with propolis                                                               
    • guard bees and /or emergency responder bees assisting the guards                                                  
    • field bees - the oldest bees - foraging  for nectar and pollen or scouting out nesting locations when swarming

 

LEAFLET

The Adventure in catching a swarm of bees

  Links:

More than honey - film

The Bee Photographer

The British Beekeepers Association-Bees for Schools

Honey Traveler

A review of factors that put pollinators and agriculture in Europe at risk

Why bees are disappearing

Why do honeybees love hexagons?