14 Fascinating Facts about Bees!

Honeybees are amazing little creatures... here are some fascinating facts that might amaze you.



  1. Bees work from sunrise to sunset, as long as temperatures are over approximately 14°C.
  2. Bees have been in Australia since 1822. European settlers brought the honeybees to produce honey to eat and to help pollinate their crops.
  3. Bees are insects. All insects have six legs and three body parts (head, thorax and abdomen). Most insects have wings and all have antennae.
  4. Bees possess five eyes. They have 2 large compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny eyes and three small simple eyes at the front of their head. All these eyes help bees to see rapid movements, such as people trying to swat them.
  5. A honeybee community is known as a colony.
  6. A worker bee must fly the equivalent (relative to humans) of three times around the globe to gather approximately 500g of honey. A healthy hive can produce 15–30 kilos per fortnight on a strong nectar flow. In one day a worker bee can visit as many as 10,000 flowers.
  7. The average worker bee makes 1/12th of a teaspoons of honey in her lifetime.

8. Scout bees report the nectar source to the rest of the hive by doing a waggle dance, which describes the source location in relation to the sun.

9. Honeycomb is mathematically the second strongest structure in the world after the Egyptian pyramids.

10. Honeybees wings beat 11,400 times per minute.

11. Bees eat honey primarily to fuel their wing muscles. They fly within a radius of up to 5km of their hive though few go that far. Their top speed is about 32 Km/h.

12. Honeybees’ stingers have a barb, which anchors the stinger in the victim’s body. The bee leaves it’s stinger and venom pouch behind and soon dies from abdominal rupture.

13. A single hive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees.

14. Bees cannot recognise the colour red however they make up for it by seeing ultraviolet light. Some flowers have ultraviolet strips on their petals that act as landing strips to guide.

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