Facts about Honey Bees – There are countless of kinds of insects in the whole world, but there is none that is so helpful and beneficial to humans other than Honey Bees. For many years, Beekeepers have been raising and are continually taking care of honey bees to harvest the sweet honey they produce that we all love to consume.
Here are a number of facts about honey bees that you may not even know about yet.
Fact 1: Honey Bees are capable of flying up to fifteen miles an hour but is still slow compared to the usual speed of other flying insects.
Honey bees are not made for long trips since they usually just fly from one flower to the next.
Fact 2: A honey bee colony can be easily filled with at least 20,000 up to 60,000 bees since they have different types of work to be done.
The bees are assigned with different tasks such as (1) taking care of younger bees, (2) working directly for the queen bee, (3) some are guard bees, and while there are also (4) construction workers wherein they build beeswax to store eggs and honey. The (5) undertakers carry the dead, and the (6) foragers bring pollen and nectar to feed their community.
Fact 3: A Queen Honey Bee can Store a Lifetime Supply of Sperm to fertilize all the eggs in her 3-5 years lifespan.
The queen honey bee flies around the hive to mate, and once successful, she ceases to mate again. If the queen honey bee fails to mate within 20 days, unfortunately, she will lose her ability to mate ever. Male honey bees die immediately after mating with the Queen Honey Bee.
Fact 4: A Queen Honey Bee Can Lay and average of 1,500 eggs and it’s possible that they can lay more than 2,000 eggs a day.
The reason why there are bees who attend to the needs (feeding & grooming) of the queen bee is because the queen has nothing else to do rather than lay eggs to continue raising the population of honey bees. In a queen honey bee’s lifetime, she might lay up to 1 million eggs.
Fact 5: A Honey Bee Hive can create an “Emergency Queen Honey Bee” whenever they lose their original queen.
If a hive has lost their queen bee but was able to lay eggs before she did, the worker bees can change one of the larvae as the “emergency queen bee.” The workers will feed the larvae with royal jelly exclusively. The larvae that become queens are fed only royal jelly. Other bees become female workers because they’re fed fermented pollen (bee bread) and honey.
Fact 6: Honey Bees keeps their hive clean.
Bees work hard to keep their hive clean. The queen bee is the only one that can poop inside the hive. The rest of the bees will go outside. The dead bees will also be kept outside to keep it away from their food and their young bees.