We have bees now! So exciting. They are actually loner bees from a man named Bee (true story!) and they’re busy buzzing and pollinating our fruit trees. They are such fun to watch! Here are some fun bee facts:
Bees are the only insects that eat food produced by man.
Honey bees have 170 oderant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes. Their sense of smell is so precise that it can differentiate between hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from many feet away.
A toxin in bee venom called meltier may prevent HIV.
During chillier seasons, worker bees can live for nine months. But in summer, they rarely last longer than six weeks – they literally work themselves to death.
To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the the lifetime work of approximately 768 bees.
Honey is the only food that includes all substances necessary to sustain life, including water.