News Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Honeybees

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Honeybees

-

Whether you love honey recipes, are concerned about the honeybee’s place in our planet’s ecosystem, or just watched ‘Bee Movie’ with Jerry Seinfeld a few years ago, chances are you have some understanding of the fascinating nature of bees. Whatever your level of understanding is of these fascinating creatures, read on, as you will most likely read something here that you didn’t know before!

Honeybees are insects, and have 6 legs, 5 eyes, and 2 sets of wings. Using these wings, they are capable of speeds of up to 32kmph (20mph), and if this seems like it’s not that fast, consider that for most of us, going at 32kmph is going at maximum speed on a bicycle; pretty fast!

In a colony of honeybees, there are three types of bees: workers, drones and the queen. Workers and the Queen are female, and Drones are male. Workers live for about 6 weeks, while the queen lives much longer, approximately 2-3 years. In a similar manner to lions (or humans), the male drones do none of the work in a hive leaving it all for the females, although they have no stingers with which to protect the hive. Workers have a stinger, which they will only use if they feel threatened, although they will die after using it. Queens also have stingers, although they will not leave the hive to defend it.

There can be anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 honeybees in a colony, the majority of which will be workers. One of these workers will collect 1/10th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime, and therefore, it will take about 556 workers to gather 1 pound of honey. In the process, those 556 workers will gather the nectar of 2 million flowers. Although this gives you an idea of what honeybees can produce, what’s realistic? A Canadian Prairie honeybee colony can produce approximately 170 pounds of honey in a single season!

Honeybees have a fascinating ‘social system’, through which the delicious honey that we enjoy in so many different ways is produced. If you’re interested in learning more facts about honey itself, make sure to visit BeeMaid of Canada’s website!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Honeybees
General Contributor
Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

Latest news

Japanese Owl Meaning and Symbolism

If you're wondering about the Japanese owl meaning and symbolism in Asian cultures, the Owl, along with Maneki Neko...

What Are the Signs of Depression in Women

Gender and depression have long been the scope of research in the field of emotional disorders; most authors believe...

Top 7 Superfoods for Men to Stay Young

Superfoods are generally regarded as targeted foods that provide the maximum nutritional benefit - thus these foods are nutritionally-dense...

Best Brain foods for Kids – Boost Brain Power and Keep Sharp

A child's brain is developing rapidly and if you want them to improve their performance in school and their...

7 of the Best Brain Foods for Studying

The foods that you eat can improve the functioning of your brain. Just like drugs, foods have amino acids,...

B12 Shots for Dogs – 10 Key Benefits

The end of 2010, my little dog -- a 7-pound Papillon -- became very stressed after a flood in...

Must read

Right Techniques for Cleaning Your Furnace Oil

Recently a new technique was presented for those...

Why is My Thumb Twitching?

If you are experiencing twitching thumbs like me,...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you