Honeybees are one of the hardest working insects on earth. They collect nectar and build hives in the most systematic manner. They convert nectar into a digestive substance called honey with the help of enzymes. Honey is widely known for its healing and nourishing properties makes it indispensable. In fact, man has never been able to produce a complete substitute for honey until date.
Listed below are some interesting facts about honeybees:
- Honeybees live in organized colonies. The female bee is called the queen bee and receives royal treatment. It is the only bee in the entire group responsible for mating and laying eggs. It mates with smaller stingless bees called drones. The queen receives millions of sperms enough to hatch eggs throughout its lifetime.
- The drones die immediately after mating.
- A typical beehive would consists of one queen bee which feeds on royal jelly (that is specifically served by the worker bees), about 500, to 1,000 drones and nearly 60,000 worker bees!
- The workers are equipped to perform multiple tasks. They have to keep the area clean, care and feed the younger ones, make wax comb and collect nectar.
- The queen bee lays 1000 eggs everyday. These eggs have to be fed by the worker bees nearly 1,300 times every day.
- A single bee visits nearly two million flowers and covers a distance of 55,000 miles in its lifetime. It can successfully make one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey before dying.
- Honeybees cannot see the color red!
- They perform the famous waggle dance to transmit signals to other bees and communicate with each other about the quantity and quality of the nectar gathered!
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