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Fun Facts About Bees

Here Are Some Fun Facts About Bees

Honey bees pollinate more than 30 percent of the world's food crops. As such they are among the most critical insects on the planet. However, one not-so-fun fact is that over the past decade, they have been dying off in record numbers. Consequently, many beekeepers are working arduously to raise bigger, stronger populations. This is important because not only are bees important, they are fun, smart, and loyal. They have so many good qualities that if your best friend were an insect, chances are he or she would probably be a honeybee.

Honey as brain food

In addition to a variety of vitamins, minerals, and important enzymes, honey contains an antioxidant known as pinocembrin. Among its various qualities, pinocembrin improves brain functioning. Specifically, it improves memory and ability to think clearly

Sacrificing their lives to save their friends

This is another sad fact, but it points out that within the insect world, they are very loyalty. In fact, when a hive is in danger, bees will sting to save the hive. However, they can only sting one time, after which they die. Basically, they are like soldiers in war, and they will give their lives for friends and community.

Love to fly

Their lifespan is only about six to eight weeks. During that time, however, each individual flies a total distance of approximately 36,000 miles. That distance is the rough equivalent of flying around the world one and a half times. More amazingly, this distance equals about 642 miles per day.

Coffee

Like humans, they like to have a cup of java in the morning. Seriously, among all the plants honeybees pollinate, one of their favorites is the "coffea" plant, which is a source of caffeine. Although caffeine in plants is actually designed as a defense against pollinators, in low doses, it improves long-term memory, helping honeybees inform other hive mates about new sources of pollen.

Love to dance

The bee dance is called the "waggle dance," and they use it to tell one another the direction of a source of pollen. Additionally, the dance indicates how long it will take to get there. For instance, if a bee waggles its body while looking upward, the source is in the direction of the sun. If it waggles 30 degrees in one direction, the source of the pollen, in relation to the sun's position, will be found 30 degrees in that direction. Finally, the dance's duration indicates the distance. The duration that a pattern is performed is called a "circuit," and the longer the circuit, the longer the distance to the pollen.

A source of energy that does not spoil

With a pH balance ranging from 3.26 to 4.48, honey is slightly acidic. It is also antibacterial. As such, contagions cannot grow in it or break it down. In fact, in Egypt, honey was discovered to be buried alongside the ancient remains of King Tut. When archaeologists examined the honey, they found it still edible--after having been in storage for thousands of years.