The Roman Bee 
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Bee Company

Did you know?

The bee is a remarkable animal – flowers are pollinated mostly by bees; up to one third of all plant pollination on earth are by bees. In short, this means that one in every three spoons of food you put in your mouth was a direct result of the work done by bees. And they do it for free.

To make one pound of honey, a swarm of honeybees flies about 24,000 miles and visits 3 to 9 million flowers.
Between 20,000 and 60,000 bees live in a single hive. The queen bee lays 1,500 eggs a day and lives for up to 2 years. The drone, whose only job it is to mate with the queen bee, has a lifespan of around 24 days – they have no stinger. Worker bees – all sterile females – usually work themselves to death within 40 days in summer, collecting pollen and nectar.
Bees can be used to detect landmines. Tiny radio plates the size of a rice grain will be attached to honey bees to detect antipersonnel landmines, of which there are about 100 million in 70 war-torn countries.

Why do honeybees dance?

The dance is a form of sign language. Honeybees dance to tell other bees about food. A bee that discovers a food source returns to the hive and dances, moving around and wiggling its rear end. Those movements tell other bees the direction and distance of their next meal.

Why do bees make honey?

It all starts with nectar, the sugary juice of flowers, which honeybees bring back to the hive. In the hive, worker bees add important enzymes (or chemicals) from their bodies to the nectar and deposit it in the honeycombs. Then, other special bees fan this nectar with their wings. The heat of the hive and the fanning make some of the water in the nectar evaporate, and turn it into honey.

Why do bee stings hurt?

Most people who fear bees are afraid of their painful sting. When the bee stings, the stinger, poison sac and several others parts of the bee's anatomy are torn from the bee's body. It soon dies, a fact that offers little relief to the person who is stung. The action of the sting takes place almost immediately. The stinger has barbs on it, and if it is not immediately removed, your muscles will make it go deeper and deeper into your skin. This gives the stinger more time to drive the toxin, or poison, into your skin, making it hurt even more.

  But the bee species themselves are under severe attack: in recent years thousands of colonies were destroyed by two parasitic mites, acarapis woodi and varroa jacobsoni. Scientist have not discovered a remedy yet, but have noticed a disturbing trend: the highest numbers of infested bees and the highest infestation rates were seen at high stress sites, ie. polluted areas. In addition, as the human population rapidly increases and take down woods and forests the ideal breeding space for bees are destroyed. However, we can make a difference. The challenge to individuals like us is to protect these amazing animals by making our gardens bee-friendly.

See: The remarkable busy bee

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