10 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey Bees

Honey bees, though they appear frantic and unpredictable while buzzing around your personal space, are actually incredibly organized workaholics. Honey Bees host an impressive number of specialized abilities and ambitions.

1. Bees can fly up to 15 miles an hour.

Bees can fly up to 15 miles an hour, flapping their wings 200 times a second.

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2. Honey bees are the only insect that humans make use of for food.

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3. Bees can recognize a human face.

Bees can recognize a human face they have seen before by noting the features and details of a face (The New York Times).

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4. Even though bees look like they only have big eyes like us, they actually have a total of five eyes.

Even though bees look as though they only have a two big eyes like us, they actually have a total of five eyes. Between the two large ones that are easy to see, rest three more little eyes which help the bee interpret light intensity.

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5. Honey bees come from Europe.

Honey bees come from Europe. They traveled across the Atlantic Ocean with European explorers and settlers.

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6. Honey bees dance as a form of communication. It’s called the “waggle” dance (National Geographic).

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7. Bees (like us humans) seem to be suffering from job-related anxiety.

Bees (like us humans) seem to be suffering from job-related anxiety which is negatively affecting their productivity (New York Magazine).

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8.  A typical colony is inhabited by 50,000 to 80,000 Bees.

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9. A honey bee will visit up to 2,000 flowers a day.

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10. A queen bee gets to eat the “gourmet” version of food for her whole life, called “royal jelly.”

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The next time you spot a honey bee, or rather, the next time a honey bee spots you, remember the buzzing little bug never forgets a face.

RVC is on a mission to save the Honeybees!

We believe that Honeybees are crucial to the health of our planet and our existence. “BeeCause” we care about the bees, our efforts are to provide great homes for bees at our properties AND to educate others about the plight of the bees. Since RVC Outdoor Destinations are located in diverse ecosystems, Honeybees keep our outdoor vacation experience in balance, beautiful and thriving. Learn more here –> RVC BEECause Initiative

 

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