Five Fast Facts: Honey Bees

By Caroline Jackson
Public Relations Intern 

 

beekeeper showing topbar hive combWith the 17th annual Honey Harvest just around the corner, we have sweet honey and busy bees on our mind!  Everyone knows the familiar sound of buzzing bees whisking by and the delicious taste of honey they create. But there is more to learn about these busy workers! Here are five fun facts you may not have known about the honey bee!

How did they learn to dance like that?

Are honey bees dancing to the beat of their own music? There is more to their jig than meets the eye; they are actually communicating! Honey bees use a special dance language to share information about nectar and pollen sources. These dance moves form a highly complex language capable of communicating direction and distance with incredible accuracy!wp02f7a176

Traveling Far and Wide

When I want a snack, I walk into the kitchen. When bees need to find food, the search can take them to extreme lengths. Honey bees may fly over eight miles away from their nest when they scavenge for food!

Picky Bees!

When these hunters search for food, they do not accept just any old flower! Just like us, they can be picky eaters and avoid foods they do not love. Bees decide which flowers to visit based on the flower’s color and shape. A bee will skip over a flower that is red and prefer a flower that has an open-faced shape.

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That’s One Big Family You Have!

A busy bee hive may contain anywhere between 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the warmer months. And I thought sharing a room with one sibling was bad!

All Hail the Queen!

The queen bee’s job is to lay eggs. She can lay up to 1,500 eggs every day! If you are ever looking for the queen bee, you’ll most likely find her at home since she only leaves the hive to breed or to start a new hive when a swarm occurs.

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Don’t Miss Honey Harvest July 29-30!

Join us for the Museum’s sweetest event July 29-30 from noon to 4 p.m. Make honey lip balm, beeswax candles and honey soap to take home. Taste many different kinds of honey, participate in honey extraction, and meet beekeepers from around the region! All activities included with Museum admission. 

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