Especially for our youngest beekeepers!
Amazing bee facts:
- Honey bees are descendants of wasps
- They have been around longer than man. Fossil evidence shows them on earth around 150 millions years ago!
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces a food eaten by man.
- In June, an average honey bee colony contains around 50-60,000 bees.
- Only female bees sting, drones do not.
- A queen honey bee lays around 1,000 eggs per day (more than her own weight) during the height of the season.
- When a honey bee egg hatches and becomes a larva, it will be fed around 1,300 times a day!
- A honey bee queen will live for 2-5 years.
- A worker born in spring lives for 4-6 weeks; one born in autumn will live 4-6 months!
- Honey bees cannot see the colour red! They see it as a shade of grey.
- Male honey bees (drones) do no work in the hive. Their only purpose is to mate with a virgin queen. They die after mating.
Here is Melissa’s favourite Aesop fable:
The Bear and the Bees
A Bear roaming the woods in search of berries happened on a fallen tree in which a swarm of Bees had stored their honey. The Bear began to nose around the log very carefully to find out if the Bees were at home. Just then one of the swarm came home from the clover field with a load of sweets. Guessing what the Bear was after, the Bee flew at him, stung him sharply and then disappeared into the hollow log.
The Bear lost his temper in an instant, and sprang upon the log tooth and claw, to destroy the nest. But this only brought out the whole swarm. The poor Bear had to take to his heels, and he was able to save himself only by diving into a pool of water.
Moral – It is wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a thousand by flying into a rage.
Click here to read all about Belinda the worker bee.
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