Bee Facts!

​Explore the intersting lives of Bees with these fascinating facts:

  • Bees have been producing honey as they do today for at least 100 million years (since the Cretaceous period).
  • There are three kinds of bees in a hive: Queen, Worker and Drone.
  • Only the Queen in the hive lays eggs. She communicates with her hive with her own special scent called pheromones. 
  • A productive queen can lay 3,000 eggs in a single day.
  • A drones (male bees) sole purpose is to mate with the queen. If the colony is short on food, drones are often kicked out of the hive. 
  • The worker bees are all female and they do all the work for the hive. Workers perform the following tasks inside the hive as a House Bee: Cleaning, feeding the baby bees, feeding and taking care of the queen, packing pollen and nectar into cells, capping cells, building and repairing honeycombs, fanning to cool the hive and guarding the hive.
  • The wax comb is composed of hexagonal cells which have walls that are only 2/1000 inch thick, but support 25 times their own weight.
  • Workers perform the following tasks outside the hive as Field Bees: Gathering nectar and pollen from flowers, collecting water and a collecting a sticky substance called propolis.
  • Bees have 2 pairs of wings. The wings have tiny teeth so they can lock together when the bee is flying. Bees communicate through chemical scents called pheromones and through special bee dances.
  • Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • To make one pound of honey bees must tap into 2 million flowers.
  • The average worker bee makes 1 ½ teaspoons of honey in her lifetime.
  • Honey bees fly approx. 15 miles per hour.
  • It would take about one ounce (two tablespoons) or honey to fuel a bees flight around the world.
  • A honey bee visits 50-100 flowers during one collection trip.
  • Bees are the only insect in the world that makes food for humans.