You don’t have to be a beekeeper to appreciate the honey bee! This fascinating insect is one of Nature’s most social creatures, and also one of the most unique living organisms on our planet. In the past three decades, honey bees have been dying off. No one is sure of the exact cause for their disappearance. Pesticides, genetically modified crops, parasites and changing climate patterns are all being considered as contributing factors, but more scientific research is needed.
Knowledge is power. The more people learn about the honey bee, the more they will be motivated to take action and protect our pollinators. Here are ten amazing honey bee facts to share with your family and friends to help them truly appreciate the hard-working honey bee. Discover more ways to help honey bees at SAVEtheBEE.org.
Honey Bee Trivia
- Honey Bees have 5 eyes- 2 large compound eyes and 3 small simple eyes.
- Honey Bee queens lay 1,500 eggs A DAY.
- A single bee makes 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime. A typical little 12-ounce honey bear squeeze bottle takes 864 bees to make all the honey that goes inside it.
- Bees flap their wings 190 times a second. (That’s over double the 70 times a second the hummingbird flaps its wings)
- A honey bee flies 15 miles per hour.
- Honey bees keep the inside of their hives at 93 degrees Fahrenheit. (If it’s cold outside, all the bees vibrate their bodies and create body heat to warm up their hive to 93°, and when it’s hot outside, they flap their wings like fans to create a breeze and cool it off.)
- Honey bees never sleep!
- It takes approximately 1,100 bee stings to be fatal to a healthy adult human.
- Honey bees are the ONLY insect that produces food for humans to eat.
- Honey bees pollinate approximately 80% of all vegetables, fruit and seed crops in the USA.