10 Interesting Facts About Honey Bees

For a few years, my summer job was working for a local bee keeper. I would sell and package honey and I got to witness many interesting occurrences. I was terrified of bees before I started working there; Now I not only got over my fear but I am fascinated by them as well. Honey bees are very important to us and are responsible for a great deal of the world's pollination. I have compiled some very interesting facts that I learned working for a beekeeper. Hopefully you'll learn something!


  1. Worker honey bees are all females. Males do not know how to even feed themselves and their only reason for being in the hive is for reproducing with the queen. The males do not have a stinger and they are kicked out of the hive in the fall, because there are no uses for them.
  2. Honey bees are very clean and I'd like to think they have slight OCD (like me). They want their hive (which they made themselves, hexagon by hexagon) to be immaculately clean. If something dirties their hive, they will immediately get the offense out. The only honey bee in the hive that uses the bathroom inside the hive is the queen. She never leaves the hive, so her faithful workers get her mess right out. Bees will also make sure that when their time comes, they will die outside of the hive.
  3. There is only one queen per hive. The queen lives 2-3 years as appose to the 6-8 weeks like the workers. The queen is made, rather than born. Worker bees will feed larvae royal jelly for a certain period of time. The royal jelly is secreted through the heads of the worker bees and is fed through their antennas to the larvae. The royal jelly has so many vitamins and nutrients it will allow for the larvae to become queens. Since there can only be one queen per hive, the potential queen bees will fight to the death until there is one queen remaining.
  4. Honey bees, like their name implies, are the only insects to make honey. Bumblebees make a honey like substance, but it tastes nothing like the sweet honey we know and love. They also make this in very small quantities. Honey bees though make honey in surplus so bee keepers are able to take a certain amount without hurting the bees or depriving them of food.
  5. Honey bees never sleep! No wonder worker bees have such a short lifespan!
  6. Honey bees are the only insects that produce something that humans eat. It is also the only food that never goes bad! Its sugar content is too high. Edible honey was found in King Tut's tomb!
  7. The honey bee colonies each have a distinct odor which allows for them to identify the members. Often times bee keepers will need to assimilate colonies. A way to do that would be to place bees from each colony into a paper bag together. The paper bag should have a divider so each colony stays in its own side. Being in the container together the smells will mix and they will not be able to recognize the other bees as enemies due to their familiar odor.
  8. The Queen bee lays around 2,000 eggs per day! She can also select the gender of the larvae. Most larvae that will be produced will be female.
  9. The Average honey bee will produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. To make one pound of honey it would take 556 workers and 2 million flowers. 50-100 flowers are pollinated during one collection trip. About one ounce of honey is all it takes to give the honey bee enough energy to fly around the world (although the farthest they usually fly away from their hive is six miles).
  10. Bees are responsible for 80% of pollination that occurs. So next time you're eating any fruit or vegetable, thank a honey bee!




A photo I took of the queen bee. She is surrounded by nurse bees, and is laying eggs.
A photo I took of the queen bee. She is surrounded by nurse bees, and is laying eggs.


Bees are very important to us. If honey bees made a hive near your house that you want to get rid of, please do not use pesticides! Call a local bee keeper and you can have it removed!

Also, visit http://beeswithoutborders.org/ and see how you can help alleviate world wide hunger!

Differences between the Worker, Queen, and Drone
Differences between the Worker, Queen, and Drone

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

Hi Mayya, welcome to Hubpages! I loved to read your hub ;)

I have a good friend who is an apiculturist and I´m also starting to learn all I can about bees and everything needed to produce honey. Thanks for enlightening me ;)

You`re very beautiful btw, a natural queen...

Have fun!


Noodle 7 years ago

I love your page.

I love reading interesting facts about the bees.

Bees make me happy.


Solomon  7 years ago

This is awesome.

I wish I were a bee.


Giselle 7 years ago

cooool!


Giselle 7 years ago

how do you know.... that they are not dangerous?


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mayyam 7 years ago Author

Well, they can be dangerous, but honey bees know that if they sting something bad will happen, although they don't necessarily know that this means death. Therefore, they will only sting if they feel threatened or they feel that their hive is being threatened. So although they can sting, they wont unless you bother them!


Organic Honey 7 years ago

1. Bees have five eyes.

2. Bees fly about 20 mph.

3. Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs.

4. Male bees in the hive are called drones.


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Mayyam, great hub. What can you tell me about genetic variation in bees? Are all females clones of each other, or is there more variation than that?


Rhys 7 years ago

do u sell bees and how much do bees hives sell for and on what websites


 7 years ago

Aya- I believe there is more variation then that. It happens naturally so its just like any other animals having children.

hey Rhys, contact beekeeper71@gmail.com for all the pricing and information you would need. you can tell him that you found him through Maya. He is a great beekeeper and really, really knows what hes doing. (beekeeping has been around in his family for a few generations). He doesn't have an official website to sell stuff because, well, hes a beekeeper not a programer (hehe), so if you email him he'll be happy to provide you with all the information.


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diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hello Maya: I found your article by accident...you have to be the best looking bee keeper extant! I did a small hub myself, before I read yours or others on hubpages as I do a lot of insect stuff. I should check first but, well, you get an idea and charge in..I had a good couple of books in my library for research. Surely you're a model in "real" life? Bob


Simi 5 years ago

Hi mayaa i think your hub is interesting and Id like to hear more.


cece 5 years ago

w...o...w... queen bees are so weared


Beekeeping Supplies 5 years ago

i like the queen bee very much, thanks


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jeremytorres 5 years ago

Yeah. So cool and interesting to know 'em.Great!


nicola 5 years ago

i have been stang by a bee it is very sow i thought it was a fly


sandy 4 years ago

this help me on my report about honey bees [= thanx a lot to this site !


areesha 4 years ago

your website helped me a lot in my project and i


buzz 4 years ago

do u know a website with a floral calender for bees


buzzy 4 years ago

these facts are cool


tytujgy8 4 years ago

hi this has lots information


sandy 4 years ago

Very nice to read


sandy 4 years ago

Very nice to read


maggi 4 years ago

this facts helps me learn ore about bees..........


Kourtney Robinson 4 years ago

I am scared of bees because they sting and I am alergic to them so I hate bees


zack ryder 4 years ago

woo woo woo u know it


devin 4 years ago

i love kelly kelly


devin g 4 years ago

it's devin here with my best buddy shaun


devin 4 years ago

i love the rock


carissa fronco 4 years ago

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James Townsend 4 years ago

In reference to #6; in Australia there is a honey ant... Which also produces honey that humans eat... Aboriginal Australians have been eating the honey for over 60,000 years and were also a source of supplement to the early settlers here...


danessa 3 years ago

bees are soooo scary


Steves Bees 3 years ago

steve bees

twitter@Steve_Webb_

I would like to tweet this page as It is brilliant !

Thank you and enjoy your bees, it is wonderfull that I found another like minded hero ;)

Best wishes

Steve


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EsmeSanBona 3 years ago from Macon

I had no idea that worker bees were female--I always thought they were male. I guess I had some bizarre idea that the only female in a hive was the queen and the rest were males. I also did not know that they never slept nor that they were so obsessive about cleanliness that they died outside the hive. Fascinating!


cally cony 3 years ago

bad thing i have a project of honey bees


doris 3 years ago

I'm writing a paper about honey bees and this is really helping! :)


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Thanks for the nice facts about our honey bees and why they are important. whonu


sticky fingers 3 years ago

beeee god


Hygtfrtyhhffr 2 years ago

Honey bees are interesting so I can do my spelling homework


Beelicious. 2 years ago

Wow. My mom LOVES bees, and I probably seem to her really "whatever" about them, but they are actually interesting. When I was little I learned to like bees and hate wasps. Wasps just keep on stinging, and living, while the sweet bee who flutters around on her little wings dies as soon as she stings. I have a huge end of 8th grade essay to prepare for and I have now chosen bees! Thank you!


bhvgfyf 2 years ago

why do bees lay honey


monawar 2 years ago

thanks for information


saturnx311 7 months ago

I love bees. The only question I have is that, considering that a bee will only produce a 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, what right do we humans have to then take the honey away?? What is our rationale for this?

Thank you!

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    cece  5 years ago

    and i love how they work so much


    nicole 3 years ago

    this is really good!!!!! thanks soooooooooooooo much


    luanna fottous 3 years ago

    cally cony they give us honey stupid at least say thanks that they give us food


    rosemary 3 years ago

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    pooja 2 years ago

    Dangerous honey bee

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