facts about bees
Where does honey come from?
Yep. It's true.
Honey is actually made by the bees barfing. And this barf tastes so gooood. Yum!!!
Let's back up a bit and find out why the bee barfs.
In summer, the worker bee forages out in the field, looking for flowers that are blooming and offering nectar.
Nectar is what the bees collect and turn into honey.
The worker has pollen baskets on her back legs--that's where she puts the yellow pollen powder to take back to her hive, but where do you think she stores the nectar? She must take it back to her hive to share with her family.
She stores the nectar inside her body in a special stomach called a honey stomach. That means that bees actually have two stomachs.
When the worker finds a flower she dips her long tongue, called a proboscis, into the flower and she sucks up the nectar into her stomach in the same way that you would drink a soft drink at your favourite restaurant.
Then she returns to her hive and she climbs up the honey combs. Then she leans down inside a cell and regurgitates (barfs) all the nectar from her honey stomach into the honey comb cell
Nectar is a sugary tasting water, so it's not really honey yet. In the next step fanning bees will come along and fan the honeycombs. The wind from fanning blows off the extra water in the nectar, leaving behind a thicker liquid.
I bet you can guess what that thicker liquid is.... Yes, it's honey!
So, pass me the bee barf please so I can put it on my toast. How do you like to eat your bee barf?
About Honey Bees: Interesting Facts
The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime (all worker bees are female)
A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth, to collect 1 kg of honey.
The honey bee is totally responsible for the pollination of over 90 fruit and vegetable crops worldwide.
Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
The honey bees wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz.
A colony of bees consists of 20,000-80,000 honeybees and one queen.
The queen bee can live up to 5 years and its role is to fill the hive with eggs.
The queen is the busiest in the summer when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength; she lays up to 1500 eggs per day.
The queen bee has control over whether she lays male or female eggs.
Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members' identification.
Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened, and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don't leave the hive to help defend it.
It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are required to be fatal.
Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing, their dance is called “waggle dance”
Honey Bee flight facts
HONEY BEE FLIGHT FACTS
These facts about the flight of the honey bee will amaze you.
How fast does a honey bee fly?
A honey bee can fly between 12 and 20 miles per hour (20 to 32 km/hr). She flies faster when she is not laden down with honey and pollen.
How fast does a honey bee’s wings move?
The honey bee's wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second. It is the motion of the wings that makes their distinctive buzz
How many miles does a honey bee fly during her lifetime?
A honey bee can fly up to 500 miles (800 km) during her lifetime.
How many round-trips does a honey bee make per day?
A bee may make up to 30 trips per day to collect nectar.
How far from the hive does a honey bee fly?
Bees will only fly as far as they need to, but may fly as far as 5 to 10 miles from their hive (8 to 16km).
How many flowers does a honey bee visit in one trip?
A honey bee typically visits 50 to 100 flowers during a single collection trip.
How far must a honey bee fly to produce one pound (or a half kg) of honey?
It takes about 55,000 miles of flight to collect enough nectar to make a pound of honey (40,000km for a half kg of honey).