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Thursday, March 11, 2010


The more I read about bees, the more amazed I am at these little insects. Below are some interesting tidbits I have learned about bees:
  1. Worker bees only have a lifespan of about 30-45 days, while healthy queens can live for years.
  2. Queens and workers are actually the same bee....the only difference is that queens are fed Royal Jelly throughout their development, while workers are only fed Royal Jelly for a few days.
  3. Workers have an undeveloped reproductive system, while queens have a developed reproductive system.
  4. Drones are male bees that develop from unfertilized eggs.
  5. Virgin Queens, when they emerge from their cocoon, will mate with around 20 drones on their mating flight.
  6. Drones serve no purpose for the hive except to mate with a virgin queen....kinda like some men I know....
  7. During her peak laying time, a queen can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day!
  8. During the winter months bees keep warm by clustering into a bee ball and vibrating to make heat. A bee ball will stay around 95 degrees throughout the winter.
  9. To make 1 pound of honey bees will travel approximately 55,000 miles collecting nectar.
  10. One 3-pound box of bees that I ordered yesterday will contain approximately 10,500 bees! What a way to get buzzed!

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