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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Learn more about bees

Each species has its own peculiarities and characteristics that distinguish them. Here, we have gathered some interesting information about bees in general. Did you know that?

 

  • Bees flap their wings nearly 180 times per second.
  • The Queen copulates with up to 20 drones during mating flight.
  • A bee flies at 25 km/hour.
  • The Queen bee lives up to two years, while workers do not last more than a month and a half.
  • Bees visit nearly 4 million flowers to produce 1 kg of honey.
  • A swarm can count up to 100 thousand individuals.
  • Bees are the only insects to make food consumed by humans.
  • On a trip to collect nectar, bees may run up to 6 km.
  • Bees consume 7.5 kg of honey to produce 1 kg of wax.
  • Royal jelly is the only food a Queen eats throughout her life.
  • From the ninth day of life, Queen bees are already prepared for its nuptial flight, when drones will fertilize it.
  • A bee visits, on average, 50 and 1,000 flowers per day.
  • Only the workers (female) work. The only mission of the males (drones) is to fertilize the Queen.
  • In colder seasons, when there are food shortages, drones are driven out of the hive and eventually die of hunger or cold.
  • Queen bees lay 3 thousand eggs in a single day.
  • Bee carry weight equivalent to 300 times its own.
  • One of the first drinks of mankind was fermented honey.
  • Honey should not be stored in jars that hold smells as honey absorbs the odors of containers.
  • With their tongue, bees collect nectar from flowers and store it in their sac (melliferous bladder). Then it returns to the hive and nectar passes from bee to bee. Water evaporates and honey gets a denser consistency.