- There are about 20,000 species of bees in the world.
- In a hive there are the queen, workers and drones. The queen and workers are always female, the drones male.
- Only female bees sting because their stinger is connected to their reproductive system.
- Honeybees are the only insects to produce food for humans.
- Honeybees visit two million flowers to make just 500g of honey.
- The queen bee can live for up to five years and, in the busy summer months, she can lay up to 2500 eggs a day.
- Bees help to cross pollinate plants as they go about collecting nectar and pollen.
- A third of all the plants we eat will have been pollinated by bees.
- Bumblebees don’t produce much honey, but they do still help to pollinate flowers.
- The cuckoo bumblebee lays its eggs in another’s nest and leaves the workers there to bring up its young.
- Bees produce honey to feed their young. In honeybee hives there’s so much left over that beekeepers can collect it for human consumption.
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