60 Fascinating Bee Facts – Part 4
Are you a self-proclaimed bee-ologist? Know all there is about beeology? As bee-removal specialists, we truly know bees. Over the years, we’ve honed out knowledge about bees and bee removal, bee relocation and bee extermination.
But in reality, we love bees and are in awe at the important role they play in our world — which would be a lot less sweet without them!
Here’s the concluding part of our 4-part series on Fascinating Bee Facts:
- Even though many fear bees and don’t think they’re friendly, keep in mind they are environmentally friendly and fulfill a vital role as pollinators.
- The queen bee rules the nest! She runs the entire hive.
- The queen bee’s mission: lay the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees.
- For a bee, the queen lives a long time — up to 5 years. (Worker bees live only 5-6 weeks.)
- The queen bee is busiest in the summer months — we’re talking laying up to 2,500 eggs a day!
- Recently, and for some unknown reason, colonies of bees have been disappearing. This is called “colony collapse disorder.” Billions of honey bees worldwide are leaving their hives, never to return. In some regions, up to 90% of bees have mysteriously disappeared.
- Honey bee pollination is connected to one third of the food we eat.
- In their short 6-week lifespan, a worker bee will fly have flown the equivalent distance of 1.5 times around the Earth.
- Hexagons are where the largest portion of honey is located. They feature the smallest amount of material (i.e., the wax).
- Honey bees stand apart from all other insects in that they’re the only insect that produces food consumed by humans.
- During any one collection trip, the honey bee visits 50-100 flowers.
- A hive produces nearly 66 pounds of pollen annually.
- Worker bees are buff bees! They can carry a nectar or pollen load equal to 80% of her own body weight.
- Beekeeper’s suits are always white because bees react more aggress to dark colors.
- The science of beekeeping is called “apiculture.”
We hope you enjoyed all 60 fascinating facts about bees. Links to the previous 3 fact-based blogs are below. The bottom line is we need to do all we can to support these brilliant, buzzing bugs! Plant flowers rich in nectar, such as lavender and bluebells. This will help bees find the necessary food they need. Also, be sure to support your local bee keepers — they’ll have some of the best honey you’ll find anywhere!
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If bees swarm to your yard to establish their new home in your attic or under your roof, they can do damage to your home and should be removed as soon as possible. Call The Beehive at 480-468-8763 for live bee removal. Whenever possible, we’ll find them a new home where their colony can continue to thrive.