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BEE FACTS WORTH

BUZZING ABOUT

  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.

  • A Queen Bee can produce 2,000 eggs a day.

  • Honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second!

  • One honey bee produces a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

  • Honey bees visit around 2 million flowers to produce a pound of honey.

  • Only female honey bees can sting.

  • The honey bee is one of the most scientifically studied creatures in the world after man!

  • Honey bees have 5 eyes.

  • To keep warm in winter, honey bees huddle together in a 'winter cluster'.

  • Yes, honey bees sleep.

  • A typical honey bee colony may have around 50,000 workers.

  • Honey bees account for nearly 80% of crop pollination in the United States of America.

  • The honey bee's brain is the size of a grain of sugar, but it is surprisingly sophisticated.

  • Honey can be fermented to make a type of wine, called 'mead'.

  • Honey bees cannot see the color red.

  • Honey bees use their front feet, tongue, jaw and antennae to taste with!

Why

Honey Bee is Two Words: Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus, we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish.


The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; "honeybee"is equivalent to "Johnsmith."
—From Anatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass

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