Image: Honeybee
Peggy Greb / ARS / USDA
A honeybee crawls over DNA gel data.

  • Honeybees are important pollinators in agricultural, urban and natural landscapes.
  • Bees pollinate about 130 fruit, vegetable, nut, ornamental and fiber crops in the United States, contributing about $15 billion annually through improved crop yield and product quality.
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars are additionally generated through the sale of hive products such as honey, wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and venom.
  • Bees have five eyes.
  • Bees fly at about 20 mph.
  • Bees have two pairs of wings.
  • Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs.
  • Male bees in the hive are called drones.
  • Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees.
  • Losing its stinger will cause a bee to die.
  • Bees have been here around 30 million years.
  • Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a part called a pollen basket or corbicula.
  • An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees.
  • Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • The average forager makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Average per-capita honey consumption in the U.S. is 1.3 pounds annually.
  • The principal form of communication among honeybees is through chemicals called pheromones.
  • Source: Texas A&M University Department of Entomology

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