10 LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT BEES
1. DANCING BEES
Bees dance to communicate with each other. By dancing, they tell their fellow bees about how far to fly and where to go to find nectar.
2. JELLY FOR ROYALTY
Becoming Queen Bee is all down to diet! The baby bees, larvae, are fed bee milk, also known as royal jelly. This sugar-rich diet is what makes the queen grow much larger and stronger. The other larvae are fed a mixture of nectar and pollen.
3. ELECTRICAL FORCES
Bees are amazing creatures! Besides detecting fragrance, they can sense the electrical field of flowers. After being visited by a bee, the electrical field of a flower is charged for about 100 seconds; just long enough for other bees to detect it as a signal that the flower is all out of nectar.
4. WORKING SHE-BEES
Honey bee workers are all female. These bees are the ones who forage for food and build the hive, and represent around 99% of the bee colony’s population.
5. INVISIBLE COLORS
Flowers have ultraviolet colors and patterns seen by bees, but invisible to the human eye. To think that your garden may look completely different to a bee!
6. CRUCIAL CREATURES
Did you know that without bees, we would lose a third of our staple foods? We also wouldn’t have any COTTON, one of our best-loved natural materials here at Gudrun’s.
7. BUSY BEE
Bees truly are busy! To make 500 grams of honey, a single bee visits 2 million flowers.
8. WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT?
A bee wing beats around 200 times a second! That’s what makes that typical BUZZING sound.
9. CAREER-TRACK HONEY BEES
Initially, the workers are tasked with cleaning the cells inside the hive. As the bee grows older, she works less and less on menial tasks and starts gathering more nectar and pollen instead.
10. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
A queen bee becomes around 42% larger than the other bees and lives almost 10-50 times longer. Her lifespan is as much as 4 years!