Friday, October 25, 2013

honey bees facts


1.Bees   fly from flower to flower, sipping nectar and collecting grains of pollen. Bees have a special tongue that sucks up the nectar and a crop in their throat for storing it until they get back to the hive, where it is turned into honey to use as food.

2. Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses (one on each side of the head), 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach

3. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

4. The honey bee's wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz.

5. Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting.

6. A honey bee flaps its wings about 12,000 times per minute.

7. A honey bee worker visits more than 2,000 flowers on a good day.

8. Bees will travel as far as one or two miles from the hive to gather nectar.