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- There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world.
- Bees live in colonies that contain the queen bee, the worker bee and the drone.
- Worker bee and the queen bee are both female, but only the queen bee can reproduce.
- The queen’s only job is to lay eggs.
- Worker bees clean the hive, collecting pollen and nectar to feed the colony and they take care of the offspring.
- Drones are male. The drone’s only job is to mate with the queen.
- Beekeepers use smoke to calm bees when they are collecting honey or relocating a hive.
- Bees make honey to feed their young and so they have something to eat during the winter.
- Killer bees have been known to chase people for over a 1/4 mile once they get excited and aggressive.
- Certain species of bees die after stinging because their stingers, which are attached to their abdomen, have little barbs or hooks on them. When this type of bee tries to fly away after stinging something, part of the abdomen is ripped away.
- Bees store their venom in a sac attached to their stinger and only female bees sting. That is because the stinger, called an ovipositor, is part of the female bee’s reproductive design.
- A queen bee uses her ovipositor to lay eggs as well as sting. Sterile females, also called worker bees, don’t lay eggs. They just use their ovipositors to sting.
- Bees see all colors except the color red.
- Their sense of smell help them find the flowers they need to collect pollen.
- Pollen is not only a food source for bees, but also some of the pollen is dropped in flight, resulting in cross pollination.
- The relationship between the plant and the insect is called symbiosis.
- Honeybees do sting, but they only sting once. The sting can be extremely painful if the stinger is not immediately removed from the skin. Persons allergic to insect stings will have a more severe reaction.
- Because honeybee colonies can be extremely large and removal can be very messy, only a pest management professional CALL BITE BACK PEST CONTROL TODAY! can safely remove a bee nest.