Bees are often thought of as pests, but they play an essential role in our ecosystem. Without bees, vegetables and flowers would struggle to grow. Enjoy these fun and exciting facts and books about bees.
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10 Amazing Bee Facts
Honey bees live in groups called colonies. Colonies can become very large, averaging around 50,000 bees.
Bees have a fantastic sense of smell. They have around 170 odorant receptors allowing them to sniff out pretty much anything.
There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world. Bees can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
The average worker bee lives around 5 to 6 weeks, while the queen bee can live up to 5 years.
Carpenter bees are great diggers. They create tunnels that look only a few inches deep but can be up to 10 feet deep.
Many people are allergic to pollen and get allergies at certain times of the year, but for bees, pollen is food. Bees use certain types of pollen, mainly from flowers and vegetables, to feed their bee babies.
Baby bees don’t have a particularly cute name; they are known as larvae.
When it comes to flower nectar, not all flowers are equal. Some flowers produce more nectar or even sweeter flavors than others. Torch Lily, Lavender, Salvia, Spider Flower, Fuschia, Beardtongue, and Thyme are a few examples of the best flowers for our bee friends.
Bees have four tiny but mighty wings that beat on average 230 times per second, producing the buzzing noise we hear.
There is no denying that honey is delicious, but did you know that bees make it their food source for the winter? Don’t worry you are not stealing food from the bees, they make 2 to 3 times more than they need.
Want to learn more about Bees? Check out these awesome books!
From the familiar western honeybee to the extra-large Himalayan giant honeybee and Australia’s vibrant neon cuckoo bee, these pages are packed with detailed photos and fascinating facts on more than 50 species of bees. In-depth species profiles help you identify bees, learn about bee-havior, and discover your favorites! And special features examine topics like hive life, nest cells, and other pollinators
Come inside the honeycomb–a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home–and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, Douglas Florian explores the natural history of these often-unappreciated critters, revealing them to be a totally cool–and totally important part of our ecosystem.
Whether they live alone or together, in a hive or in a hole in the ground, bees do some of the most important work on the planet: pollinating plants. [This book] celebrates the magic of bees–from swarming to dancing to making honey–and encourages readers to do their part to keep the hives alive.
Through a hole in the book’s cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow.
Bees don’t just produce honey. Your food supply depends on them. Apiarist Dave Hackenberg’s bees have a busy travel schedule, pollinating around the United States from February to July. So when Dave inspected four hundred of his hives and found that the bees had simply vanished, a dream team of bee scientists got to work.