What do You know about Honey Bees?
|1.||A Honey bee hive can sometimes have 50,000 bees in it!!!!!|
|2.||Almost all the bees in a honey bee hive are girls.|
|3.||Boy bees called drones have no stingers and they are bigger than all the girl bees, except for the Queen Bee. She is the biggest bee in the bee hive and she is in charge.|
|4.||Girl bees called worker bees do most of the work in the bee hive. They make beeswax, take care of baby bees, take care of the queen bee, and collect nectar and pollen from flowers, trees and plants. And they protect their home and their honey from intruders, like skunks, other bees, bears, and YOU!!!|
|5.||A honey bee can fly up to 15 mph, her wings beat 200 times per second. That's why you hear the 'buzzing' from a bee.|
|6.||A worker honey bee can visit up to 2,000 flowers per day, collecting pollen and nectar.|
|7.||A worker bee will only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her whole life. That means it takes 560 bees their whole life to make 1 pound of honey.|
|8.||Honey bees have 2 stomachs, one for eating and one for storing nectar. When they get back to the hive they deposit the stored nectar into a wax cell, they dehydrate the nectar until it is just right and turned to yummy, sweet honey, then they put a cap of wax on it. After that honey will stay good forever.|
|9.||Honey bees don't hibernate in the winter. They stay in their home all winter long. They cluster really close together and they shiver or vibrate to keep warm. The bees can keep their home warm in the winter.|
|10.||Honey bees are not native to America. They were brought here by early American colonists. Can you imagine being on a sailboat with beehives for 2 whole months?|
|11.||Honey can help to heal you. It has been known to kill bacteria and fungus!!! It is a great natural energy booster too.|
|12.||When a worker bee is just one day old she has a job! She cleans out wax cells so the queen can lay eggs, and she keeps the bees that have not hatched yet warm. She does this job for 2 whole days until she graduates to a new job.|
|13.||When a worker bee is 3 days old she feeds the larva (bees in the making) honey and pollen.|
|14.||Honey Bees can't make wax until they are 12 days old. They stop making it when they are 17 days old.|
|15.||The oldest bees are the bees you see on the flowers. They are 22 days or older. This is the last job a worker bee has.|
|16.||In the summertime a worker bee lives for about 6 weeks. In the wintertime a worker bee can live up to 6 months.|
|17.||Honey Bees do sleep. The youngest bees take short naps. The older bees, the foragers, sleep longer and mostly at night.|
|18.||Honey bees like to smell you. That's why they buzz near you. If that makes you scared just walk away, and try not to swat them away.|
|19.||When a worker bee finds a large area of blooming flowers or trees it will go back to the hive and 'tell' the other bees where it is and how far the tree or flowers are. All the workers in that hive will then go and work those flowers almost exclusively.|
|20.||Honey Bees don't like dark colors. That is why bee suits are white.|
You can help the honey bees around your house by planting a garden. Honey bees like these plants and flowers:
* indicates important pollen and nectar sources for bees.
* know your seed source. Many seeds, even those that claim to be organic, are coated with a neurotoxin in the neonicotinoid family that targets pests, including honey bees, causing bees to become confused, weaken and eventually die.