Fossils dating back almost 150 million years, suggest that bees evolved from wasps! The first honeybee appeared about 30 million years ago.
Cave painting of early beekeeping date back to 7000 BC.
There are about 12,000 varieties of bees that exist in the world but there are only a few species that store honey. These types of bees are referred to as Apis Mellifica.
Honeybees are the only insects in the world that make something that humans can consume.
One colony can have a population of up to 80,000 bees.
Like humans, honeybees can communicate to each other through dances. Bumbling and buzzing, these little insects explain to each other where they can find nectar.
There are three kinds of honeybees in the hive: drones, worker bees, and their queen.
There is usually one queen per colony. She is the mother of all honeybees in the hive. She is solely responsible for giving birth to new bees and can lay up 2,000 eggs per day.
Drones are the male bees that help the queen reproduce more bees.
Worker bees are the female bees that help keep the hive fed, clean and protected. As these worker bees mature, they are responsible for gathering nectar that will later be turned into a source of food – honey.
In order to create one pound of honey, these honeybees must fly a distance more than three times around the world. Interesting enough, honeybees can beat their wings 190 times in a second – 11,400 times in a minute.
Honeybees must visit over two million flowers in order to make one pound of honey. An average bee can create up to one teaspoon of honey within their lifetime.
As plants release DNA in the form of pollen, these insects help reproduce more plants by delivering pollen to each flower they visit. Although completely unaware, honeybees play an important role in our ecosystem as major pollinators. They are responsible for the delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables that you eat!
“Take action and be a part of the cause! You can help these little guys from disappearing by simply planting a flower or vegetable garden in your backyard. Let your friends know how important these bees truly are. You can make a difference – one bee at a time.”
Fun Bee Activities
Now that you have learned some about the lives and importance of honeybees, use your new knowledge with some fun activities Kelley Bee has designed just for you!