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Let’s “BEE” honest, when we see a bee, our instinct is to run or swat. But did you know that bees generally mind their own buzz-ness and only sting when they feel threatened? If a honeybee flies near you, she is literally trying to figure out if you’re a flower. By better understanding them we will learn to better respect them and save them.

Here are some FUN FACTS about honeybees:

  • There are three types of bees in the hive: worker (female only), drone (male), and queen bee.
  • The male drones only serve one purpose- to mate with a queen, after which they die. These bees have no stingers and don’t work at all. There can be a few hundred drones that belong to a colony, but they don’t live in the hive. They live through the summer but is of no value to the hive in winter as there is no queen mating during that time so they are un-ceremonially stung to death or forced from the hive to die in the cold.
  • The female worker bees are responsible for labor work- clean and maintain the hive, feed the larvae, forage for pollen, nectar, and water, make wax, and build the honeycomb, make all the honey, guard the hive from predators. They work until the very last day of their short lives. Talk about a busy bee!
  • The queen can live for two or more years. There is only one queen in a hive and her main purpose in life is to make more bees. In the summer, she can lay up to 2000 eggs a day at a rate of 5-6 per minute. Until the 1660s, people thought that the big bee in the hive was a male and called him the King. Then a Dutch scientist named Jan Swammerdam took it upon himself to dissect one, finding ovaries and thus changing the name.
  • When a queen dies, the bees will know quickly because they stop smelling her pheromones. And if she dies prematurely, they immediately get working on creating a new queen to take over.
  • The personality of a bee colony can be altered simply by switching out the queen. Beekeepers will replace queens to create a more enthusiastic and efficient worker colony.
  • Honeybees maintain the temperature in their hives at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature higher or lower than that could destroy the state of the honey.
  • Honeybees know when it’s going to rain. They work extra hard the day before, and seal the hive entrance with wax to keep the rain out.
  • Have you ever wondered what makes that buzzing noise when a bee passes by? It’s the sound of its four wings moving at 11,400 strokes per minute. Bees fly an average of 15 miles per hour.
  • Honeybees do a “wiggle dance” when reporting to other bees about the location of a nectar source. This signal was discovered by Karl von Frisch in 1973. Honeybees’ form of communication is through dance. There are two kinds of dance—the waggle dance and the round dance. Waggling means the food is farther away and the round dance indicates food is nearby.
  • The process of pollination carried out by bees is responsible for the cycle of production of agricultural crops all over the world. You have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat.
  • Honeybees have two stomachs; the first stomach serves as a honey basket while the second one is a regular stomach that contains their internal organs.
  • Honeybees are technically cold-blooded but unlike most cold-blooded critters, they can generate heat by vibrating their bodies or flapping their wings to cool it down.
  • Bees can’t see red. However, what they can’t see in the red they make up for in the blues, greens, and purples. Purple flowers are their favorite! Bees can even see colors we cannot. Seeing ultraviolet light helps bees see secret patterns flowers display to show where their nectar is hidden. Only a pound of honey is produced from two million flowers.
  • Bee pollen, the pollen from a flower mixed with a bee’s digestive enzymes, is one of the most nutritious superfoods. It is loaded with protein (25%) and contains over 18 amino acids. Bee pollen also contains several vitamins including vitamin C, 28 minerals, 14 essential fatty acids, 11 types of carbohydrates and co-enzymes.
  • In theory, it is said that an ounce of honey can give a bee enough energy to circle the planet. A bee can only sting once, and then it dies. If you are stung, scrape the sting out of your skin and apply a little honey or pure aloe vera gel to help ease the pain.
  • Honey never spoils (under the right conditions) If you leave honey out or let it get wet, yes, it will spoil — it’s not magic. However, if you store honey properly by putting it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, it will indeed never go bad. Honey is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also antibacterial.
  • Honey from bees symbolizes love. The ancient Romans and Greeks viewed honey as a symbol of love. According to mythology, Cupid realized the value of passion without worrying about death or consequences after getting stung by a bee.
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Which Bee is right ?

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Which of the following bee are responsible for mating with other bees?

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What temperature do honey bees maintain in their hives?

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Which of the honey bees have no stingers?

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The stroke time of the bee wings which make the buzzing sound is approximately.

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Which bees are responsible for all of the labor work and cleaning the hive?

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