We all know bees are important, and that they sting when they feel threatened, but here are ten things you may not know about our little friends.
10 – Male honeybees are good for nothing, almost
The male honeybees live only for the sole purpose of mating with the queen, and when they do it, they die, and if there isn’t enough food in the hive, the workers kick them out.
9 – The queen used to be the king
Until the late 1660’s, it was believed that the queen bee was a king, only when the Dutch scientist Jan Swammerdam dissected the big bee, they discovered the ovaries, that made the change.
8 – Bees are very intelligent
Bees are known to be trained to detect explosives, and even to distinguish human faces in black-and-white pictures.
7 – They were used at the World War I
The honey produced by the bees was used to treat wounds of soldiers in battle, and since honey never spoils, it was very useful.
6 – They’ve been around for a while
The oldest relative to the modern bee, named Melittosphex Burmensis, was found preserved in a mine on Myanmar, and lived around 100 million years ago.
5 – They are pretty fast
The sound we ear when a bee approaches, is the sound of their four wings moving at an amazing 11400 strokes per minute, making them able to fly and average of 25 kilometers per hour.
4 – One queen per hive
Once a queen hatches, she immediately kills all the other queen bees before they can take her place.
3 – The queen lives for very long
The worker bees live for 6 to 8 weeks, but the queen in other hand, lives for 2 to 3 years, which is almost like living forever in bee’s time.
2 – They are unique between the insects
The honey bees are the only insects that produce something that the humans can eat, and it is also, as we already told, the only food that never goes bad.
1 – Without bees, we would have less to eat
Bees are responsible for 80% of the pollination that occurs in the world, so if there were no honey bees, you would probably have very difficulty in finding fruits and vegetables, so you owe them respect.