I was trying to come up with something more creative for the non-fiction post this week but I think honey and bees themselves are pretty interesting so… that’s what you’re getting.
So, takes some facts on honey bees and their delicious vomit.
- The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime which makes me feel a little sad for them…
- The bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed, so it is itty bitty! But bees have an amazing capacity to learn and remember things. As in, they are able to make complex calculations on distance traveled and foraging efficiency and use that information for their next mission.
- Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing! Which makes me so happy… lol
- The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
- When a bee finds a good source of nectar it will actually fly back to it hive to tell its bee sisters where the nectar is. The dance it does is called the “waggle dance” and this positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive.
- Honey lasts a really ling time. Like, really really. If it is sealed in an airtight container it can be kept forever. There are even reports of edible honey being found in Egyptian tombs which were thousands of years old. It lasts so long because of it’s antibacterial properties, lack of moisture and high acidity.
- There are so many species of bees! Around 20,000 of them but only a small fraction of them make honey. The most common species of honey bee used for apiculture (beekeeping) is known as Apis mellifera.
That’s it. Well, obviously that’s not everything about bees and honey. It’s just the stuff I felt like sharing.