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Facts about bees

Images of bees
Images of bees
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Bees are distinctive looking yellow and black insects that are largely feared by humans due to the fact that they can sting and cause pain. However, much of the fear about bees is unjustified: bees rarely sting people and only do so in the event of feeling very frightened or threatened. Bees are far more interested in flowers—and the nectar that they produce—than people. Bees are actually very helpful to humans. They are essential to the ecosystem, make honey, and create beeswax that can be used to make products such as candles. In fact, bees are the only insects that produce food for humans! Bees also live in complex and highly functioning colony systems. Most beehives are made up of three types of bees: the Queens, the Workers and the Drones. Their hives are intricate designs and studies have proven that bees can share knowledge among groups and seemingly make colony decisions about where to build their hives, find food, and alert others of danger. Although there are many different kinds of bees, all forms live in groups and are very important for the environment.

Some people raise bees for their honey. These people are called beekeepers.
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Below is a list of facts about bees:

• A queen bee can lay between 600-1,500 eggs every single day in her 3-4 year lifespan!

• Honeybees can fly at 15 miles per hour and will travel about 3 miles away from their hive at most.

• A honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute which is what creates the buzzing sound that people hear when a bee is nearby.

• Honeybees can communicate with each other via scents and movements (which sometimes resembles dancing).

• Honeybees never sleep.