- Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are vital for pollination.
- Honeybees are the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.
- A honeybee’s wing stroke is incredibly fast---about 200 beats per second—and produces the buzzing sound.
- A honeybee can fly 6 miles from their hive and can fly up to 15 miles per hour.
- A honeybee will visit 50-100 flowers in one collection trip.
- A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker bees are female, do all of the work, and live for about 6 weeks. Drones (male bees) are used only for mating and do not work. A queen can live up to five years. Her main purpose is to fill the hive with eggs. During the summer (her busiest time), a queen can lay 2500 eggs per day.
- Each honeybee colony has a unique odor to help guide the worker bees home.
- During the winter, honeybees feed on the honey they produced during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster to keep the queen and themselves warm.
LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
Honey Bee Crafts
Pollen Transfer: Fine Motor Skills
Bee Life Cycle
Bee Facts for Kids Printable
Bee Unit Craft and Activity
All About Bees--Mini Book and Graphic Organizer
Life Cycle of a Honeybee Lapbook
Bee Activities and Science Connections
Bees Louise--A Collection of Lesson Plans
Kentucky Pollinator Protection Plan
Beekeeping Provides a Health Remedy, a Relaxing Hobby, and a Growing Business for the Bee Boys