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Some Unforgettable Bee Facts

Some of these bee facts aren’t nearly as scary or creepy as one might think. Commonly depicted as snuggly, cute characters on popular cartoons and cereal boxes, these creatures are an absolute necessity to the ecological balance of our earth. There is a direct and profound link between lost flower species and the reduced population of bees in certain regions, as well as a reduced crop generation in areas struck by the mysterious vanishing syndrome known as CCD, or colony collapse disorder. Many have adopted the “can’t live with them, can’t live without them” motto when dealing with these insects, as the potential poke that they imply tends to crowd our judgment about their absolute importance.

So, here are some bee facts that may help to ease the pressure of our forced coexistence with these busy little miracle workers:

-A honeybee is the only species that dies after stinging. They have a barbed stinger which pulls away from their abdomen, along with a poison sac, as they leave the victim. The bee dies from this abnormal abdominal rupture.

-A hornet sting is thought to be the worst possible in terms of pain, as their aggressive sting-in-full-flight method adds a punch to the already unpleasant experience of the victim.

-Most ground bees are an extremely amiable species, allowing animals and humans to walk directly within their swarms without the slightest hint toward hostility.

-A large colony of honeybees can produce upwards of 2 pounds of honey per day.

-Honey is not actually made by bees. It is the product of nectar being regurgitated and dehydrated by the bees several times, giving it the thick and potent consistency that we adore. Bees do eat their own honey for nourishment. One teaspoon of honey packs enough energy for a single bee to fly around the world.

-Bees are the only species which produces human food.

-Honey is the only food which contains every nutrient that a human needs to survive, including water content.

-Many bee species do not colonize, and frequently change their temporary housing structures.

-The male carpenter bee, for all of his showing off and macho dive-bombing antics, does not even have a stinger!

-The allergic reaction that some people suffer from bee stings is due to sensitivity to the trace histamine venom left behind after the sting. Removing the stinger by scraping, not pinching, will disallow additional venom to enter the bloodstream.

There are a countless number of bee facts to be learned, as these are just a few. At the very least, ones first impression of this stinger-bearing, buzz-making, fear-invoking insect could use a bit of an adjustment. Although some species, especially the hornet, are more aggressive than others, most bees will not sting unless provoked or threatened. In other words, if you are nice to them, they’ll be nice to you.