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10 facts about bees

10 facts about bees

Bees are really amazing insects that help us humans in lots of ways.

1) The honey bee has 5 eyes and can see ultra violet light.

2) It has special 'baskets' made of stiff, curving hairs on its back legs, to carry pollen back to the hive.

3) It has a sting to defend itself - but when it stings a human the bee dies!

4) There are more than 200 species of solitary bee in the UK that need individual nests. Some species tunnel into the ground, sandy banks or crumbling mortar. Others use hollow stems or holes in wood.

5) Bees, like ants, are really a form of specially adapted wasp. They evolved about 150 million years ago, just as flowering plants started to emerge.

6) There are 20,000 bee species, of which only seven are true honey bees.

7) Honeybees are woodland creatures, which have evolved to escape the risk of fire. Smoke triggers a defensive reflex: they eat as much honey as they can, so they will have plenty of energy to follow the queen when she leaves the hive.

8) Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat.

9) One bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon on honey in its entire life

10) A bee’s wings beat 190 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute!


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