We recently introduced you to The Bee Project – a project with Beeodiversity to help protect our bees and to learn more about the biodiversity of our surrounding area. One thing we didn’t expect from the project is to discover how fascinating bees are! We’ve pulled together a list of some of the favourite things we’ve learned about bees since we started:
- Bees can recognise each other and human faces.
- A bee can flap its wings 11,400 times a minute – hence the buzz!
- A queen bee can lay up to 2,500 eggs a day – that’s twice her bodyweight in 24 hours.
- A bee will visit over 1,500 flowers for a single load of pollen.
- Around a third of the world’s food supply depends on pollinating insects like honeybees.
- Beekeepers wear white to keep the bees calm.
- To make just one pound of honey, a hive of bees will need to fly 55,000 miles and visit 2 million flowers – that’s the equivalent of more than twice around the world!
- Bees can fly at speeds of up to 15-20mph.
- Bees can be trained to sniff out explosives.
- Bees need to communicate with each other to pass on the location of food sources – they’ve evolved a unique dance to do this.
Who knew that bees were so smart?! We’re looking forward to sharing some our findings from The Bee Project soon and are really excited to see how we can improve our surroundings to make life even better for these amazing creatures.