Below are some commonly asked questions about bees. Do you know whether they’re facts or myths?
All bees make honey.
Myth! Only honeybees make what we call honey. Although other bees can make a honey-like substance from nectar, it’s not processed the same way as honeybees make honey, and humans don’t eat it. There are currently only 7 recognized species of honeybees, and over 200,000 known species of bees.
Bees have 5 eyes.
True! Bees have 5 eyes – two large compound eyes, and three smaller eyes, called ocelli, in the centre of their head.
All bees live in hives.
Myth! Honeybees and bumblebees live in hives, but some bees, called “solitary bees” because they are able to live independently, live in nests like underground tunnels and holes in pieces of wood.
Worker bees are all female.
True! Worker bees are all female, and their job is to clean, build and guard the hive, feed baby bees, dispose of dead bees, take care of the queen bee, and eventually leave the hive to gather pollen. Male bees are called “drones”, and their only purpose is to mate with a queen bee.
Every bee stings.
Myth! Not every species of bees have stingers, and only a female bee stings because of their anatomy. Male bees do not have stingers, so they cannot sting.
Bees were legally protected in Ireland.
True! During the Middle Ages in Ireland, bees were so important that there was a set of laws pertaining to beekeeping. It’s called “Bechbretha”, and you can find copies online.
Honeybees are native to North America.
Myth! European colonists brought honeybees to the United States in the 1600s.
The average worker bee produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
True! A worker bee born in the summer will live anywhere between 40-45 days, and in that time, she will produce 1/12 of a tablespoon of honey.
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