Honey bees are the small flying insects belonging to the category of Hymenoptera with presence in all around the world except Antarctica. There are approximately more than 20000 species of bees spread across the globe in various habitats like tropical rainforest, gardens, woodlands where plants are found in abundance. They are the most useful insects serving human with sweet honey since many centuries. They are very social in nature and form large colonies comprising of single queen and thousands of worker bees known as drones.
Ten Lines on Honey Bee
1) There are more than 20000 species of bees. Honey bees form a very small percentage of total bees with only 6 to 11 species being recognized by humans out of 44 subspecies.
2) Life span of the honey bee lies between 170 to 180 days except the queens. Queens live for 2 to 3 years because they are solely responsible for laying eggs.
3) Worker bees have very low life span because they never sleep and continuously work day and night and would gather food for queen.
4) If the queen bee dies workers will select young larva as a queen and would feed it food called as “royal jelly”.
5) An adult female queen would lay 2000 eggs a day.
6) Drones (male bees) will die immediately after mating with the queen and would be kicked out from hives.
7) A colony of bees can contain up to 70000 bees.
8) Honey bees can fly at the speed of 14 miles per hour.
9) Honey bees communicate through various means like chemicals and odors. But one of the typical ways of sharing the information about the food and direction by them is creating vibrations through dance.
10) Honey bees are generally considered to be the gentle creatures and wont sting until and unless they have been unnecessarily provoked or their hives have been attacked by the intruder.
1) Honey being produced by the bees contains vital vitamins and minerals and also considered as an antioxidant which can improve the functioning of the human brain.
2) Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 eyes each eye comprising of thousands of lenses vital in recognizing light, motion and direction.
3) Honey bees have different symbolic meaning in different cultures across the globe.
4) In Egyptian mythology they were believed to be born from tears of the Sun god.
5) In France Napoleon has used bee as the symbol of government.
6) The Honey bee has venom known as apitoxin which may cause inflammation causing pain, heat, redness.
7) Worker bees in a colony produce almost 70 pounds of honey before the winter season for their survival .It takes almost 10000 bees to get the job done.
8) Worker bees form a close group in order to protect the queens during winter.
9) Bees prefer to be very neat and clean. They would keep their food separate and hives are cleaned regularly by worker bees.
10) Honey bees have four wings which can stroke 220 times per second.
Honey bees play a very important role in our environment as they help many useful vegetables and fruits to grow by collecting pollen from the nectar of flowers. However, it’s been quite strange that over the past two decades there colonies have been disappearing preferably known as colony collapse disorder with reasons unknown to the mankind.
Some research suggests that it may be happening due to pesticides, pathogens or viruses. Planting more and more bee friendly flowers in garden ,restriction in use of chemicals and pesticides, learning skills locally how to be good beekeeper and putting small basin of water in front of home are some of the simple steps to conserve the most resourceful and amazing species of the earth.