Bees are the most useful creatures on the planet. Without them the ecosystem would be threatened, so it is very important to protect them in every possible way.
Bees belong to the category of insects that have a clear hierarchy and live in large families in hives. In each family there is a “queen”,whose role is to ensure the multiplication of the family to which she belongs.
Also living in a hive are the drones who have the sole purpose of impregnating the queen only once. After completing the act, they detach their genitals and therefore die.
Finally, in a bee family there are a few thousand female bees, the majority of which are sterile and are called “worker bees”. Their role is to clean the hive, care for the queen, collect food and pollen and build the hive.
Generally there is a lot of information we can glean from bees, below are the 15 most important things to know about bees.
- Bees have inhabited our planet for at least 15 million years.
- In a hive, 10% are drones.
- After the queen is pollinated, the drone dies.
- The queen and the drones take part in the reproduction of the bees.
- The queens, workers and drones are identical in appearance.
- The queen and the workers come from the same egg.
- Honey never expires.
- When a bee stings us, it dies because it loses the stinger and the digestive tract.
- A worker bee lives from 6 to 8 weeks.
- Honey has more antioxidant properties when it is dark.
- A third of the food we eat is the result of bee pollination.
- Honey compared to sugar is 25% sweeter.
- Bees know how to make honey by learning it from older bees.
- Bees don’t like the smell of human breath.
- A queen bee lays about 1500 eggs a day, consecutively, for 2 to 5 years.