11 exciting facts about bees

Some are afraid of their stings, whilst some can’t imagine life without those winged two-color insects, which make honey. We’re talking about bees – and here are some fun facts about them.

  1. Queens of bees fight for being the only queen in a hive. When they’re born from their cell, they kill those unborn queens in other adjacent cells. There can be only one.
  2. During her life, a bee queen can potentially lay up to 5 million eggs, as she lives up to 7 years, each day without stop laying up to 2,000 eggs. Laying eggs, however, is not only the queen’s prerogative – there are documented cases as working bees start laying eggs, up to several dozen every day, sealing them into honeycombs in attempts to give birth to a rival queen or grow mate workers of their own breed. If their deed is discovered by other workers, the perpetrator is killed, as all of its found larvae.
  3. A drone (male bee) only has 1 function – mate with the queen, delivering its semen to her so she can continue laying fertilized eggs. Shortly after ejaculation, a drone dies. Some of them even do not perform this function, simply being kept for spare. If they’re unneeded in some periods of hive’s life, superfluous drones are simply expelled from a hive, where they die in several days at most, being completely unable to gain food and take care of selves.
  4. It takes from 60,000 to 250,000 flights of 1 regular working bee to produce 1 pound of honey. That is roughly an equivalent of one or two mileages around the planet.
  5. Honey is actually fermented belching of bees. The flower nectar is collected from florets, chewed, fermented (half-digested) in a goiter, and then puked being mixed with their saliva – by several bees – until it is sealed in a cell of honeycombs to get ripen from weeks to months.Медовая госпожа. Чем интересны безжальные пчёлы? | Животные | ШколаЖизни.ру
  6. Working bees hunting for new places to gather nectar and pollen can fly up to 4 miles to one side. When they successfully find something, they remember the entire path and then return to the hive to tell about their finding, exact path, and distance to it using a mixture of dance, gestures, and pheromones.
  7. Around 2% of the hive dies every day because of natural reasons (working bees only live from 10 days to 9 months), predators, precipitation, and a swarm of other reasons. If a hive is big, it can contain maximally around 75,000 bees, so 2% make 1,500 bees every day.
  8. Bees don’t see red color and most of its hues in the adjacent color range (from violet or pink). They see yellow, blue, and green the best.
  9. The color of honey that bees produce can be literally of any color, from white to black and from green to red – depending on what plants they collect nectar and pollen from.
  10. If all bees suddenly disappeared one day, humanity and most ground animal species on the planet would survive only up to 3 years.
  11. Bees can get buzzed from cocaine and caffeine.

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