I have posted through the years several times about bees, such as The Blessing of the Bees, To Bee Or Not To Bee, How Sweet It Is To Bee, Book of the Bee, St Basil’s Parable of the Bee, Flies, Bees and Seeing One’s Own Sin, The Bee is the Worship of God.
I decided to do another post on bees. This has many facts about honey bees, but the photos are of various kinds of bees not just Apis mellifera. Many people may not like bees, but if you like to eat fruit and vegetables or enjoy flowers or honey, you should like bees – perhaps the only insect for whom the Church prays. A few bee facts:
Bees have 5 eyes, 2 pairs of wings and 6 legs
Male bees in the hive are called drones, females are worker bees
Bees fly about 20 mph
Number of eggs laid by queen: 2,000 per day is the high
Bees have been here about 30 million years!
Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a pollen basket or corbicula
An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees
Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
The average forager makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
Average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds
The principal form of communication among honey bees is through chemicals called pheromones
Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality.
(Honey bee Facts from the Texas A&M University Honey Bee Information Site)
If you want to see more of my photos on bees and other things, go to my Flickr page.