Fun facts about honeybees! Did you know…
- There are 3 types of bees: worker, drone, and queen
- Bees have brains about the size of a sesame seed
- Worker bees are all female
- Bees communicate by dancing
- Bees and other pollinators are essential to crop production
- Over a hundred different crop plants are pollinated by bees
- Honey is made from flower nectar, and used by bees as an energy and heating source
Bees are fascinating creatures, living extraordinary lives under our very noses. Not only do they produce delicious honey, but they are essential to pollinating crops like almonds, avocados, and apples. In fact, honeybees help pollinate over a hundred different types of food crops, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that honeybees pollinate around 80 percent of the country’s insect crops—meaning that bees pollinate over $20 billion worth of crops each year. Aside from their important farm work, bees are also helpful in the fields of medicine, science, and even criminology. A research team in London found that bees’ foraging habits were able to help police identify the behavior of serial killers and improve computer models used by police to track felons. As for the medical benefits of honey, humans have been using it for medicinal purposes as far back as ancient Egypt (bees have been around for millions of years, by the way). Today, Manuka honey is widely used in treating healing wounds and as an antibacterial ointment. Honey has also been shown to be effective in treating colds and coughs.
Aside from their benefits to our society, bees are amazing in their own right. Although their brains are only the size of a sesame seed, they are able to find the shortest possible distance between flowers, recognize human faces, and even have their own individual personalities. On top of that, they’re probably the hardest-working species in the animal kingdom, literally working themselves to death during the summer seasons, when the average lifespan of a worker bee is about six weeks.
If you’re thirsty for more facts about these amazing creatures, come out to our Hike and Honeybee Workshop on May 21, where you can hike along the beautiful Garden of Eden trail, learn about what it’s like to raise bees from a fourth-generation beekeeper (or apiarist), and even take home your own complimentary bottle of Tupelo honey! It’s definitely a sweet deal that’s generating a lot of buzz, so grab your spot today!