Test your knowledge of the Humble Bumble Bee

Honey bees on Echinopsis (Globe thistle) by Potteye

A few Humble Bumble Bee facts

  1. Did you know that bees actually have 4 wings?
  2. The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  3. A bee flies at a rate of about 12 miles per hour.
  4. How many eyes does a honeybee have? Five.
  5. The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day.
  6. It takes 35 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter.
  7. Honeybee colonies have unique odors that members flash like identification cards at the hive’s front door. All the individual bees in a colony smell enough alike so that the guard bees can identify them.
  8. The honeybee is not born knowing how to make honey; the younger bees are taught by the more experienced ones.
  9. A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive.
  10. In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.
  11. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey.
  12. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year.
  13. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  14. At the peak of the honey-gathering season, a strong, healthy hive will have a population of approximately 50,000 bees.
  15. It would take approximately an ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
  16. Honey is the primary food source for the bee. The reason honeybees are so busy collecting nectar from flowers and blossoms is to make sufficient food stores for their colony over the winter months. The nectar is converted to honey by the honeybee and stored in the wax honeycomb.
  17. In the cold winter months, bees will leave the hive only to take a short cleansing flight. They are fastidious about the cleanliness of their hive.
  18. Honeybees do not die out over the winter. They feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months and patiently wait for spring. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.
  19. Honeybees biggest threat from predators during hibernations are Woodpeckers and Mice.
  20. The color, flavor, and often aroma of a particular variety of honey will differ depending on the nectar source of flower that  the honey bee visits.

The humble bumble bee deserves our support in-fact nature depends upon their survival and we should all be making a conscious effort to preserve them. The UK has over 250 different species of bible bee and you can do your bit to help check out the Bumblebee conservation trust here for more information.


One Comment Add yours

  1. terrepruitt says:

    Cool. Thanks for the facts!


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