10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Bees

Although we associate bees with their unpleasant stings, there is so much more to them than that. Bees are one of the most important species on the planet in terms of their impact on humans as well as the natural ecosystems.

Bee stings can cure disease

Let’s start by identifying the things we most fear about bee stings. You should first know that bee stings can have some benefits. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis believe that melittin, a toxin found in bee venom, may help prevent HIV. Melittin is a drug that can destroy HIV by piercing the virus’ protective envelope.

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that bee stings can also help ease pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers discovered that bee venom molecules increase body levels of anti-inflammatory hormone glucocorticoid.

Honeybees help the world go ’round

Let’s now move on to honey, another common association we have with bees. Honeybees are the most important pollinator for food crops in the world, with more than any other type of bee or pollinating insect. In a hive, there are three types of bees: the queen, the worker and the drone. All worker bees, which are all females, do all the work in the hive.

In summer, a beehive can house between 50,000 and 80,000 bees. 556 worker bees are required to collect a pound worth of honey.

How to identify honeybees

Honeybees, on the other hand, are more round and fuzzy than bumblebees. They are smaller and less dense. While honeybees can clearly distinguish between their head and abdomens, bumblebees appear rounder and more flexible than honeybees. Honeybees however have two sets of wings. One set is in the front and one in the back. Are you interested in beekeeping? These 14 tips will help you get started in beekeeping.

Bees produce a lot

In her lifetime, the average worker bee produces about one-third of a teaspoon honey. The special glands in their stomachs that produce wax can be used to make beeswax. They chew their mandibles with their fingers and form a honeycomb.

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Bees Are Intelligent

There are a few things you should know about the relationship between bees and humans. According to Bee America, bees can see faces in the same way as humans. They use parts such as eyebrows, lips, and ears to discern the entire face. This is known as configural processing.

They are also brilliant mathematicians and can solve the “traveling saleman problem”, which even stumps computers. The traveling salesman problem is a problem that asks: “Given the distances between cities, which are the most important, what is the shortest route between them? How do you get to each destination city?” Royal Holloway University in London discovered that only bumblebees can fly between cities.

Bees are the Vikings of the Insect World

Amazing vision is a hallmark of bees. Sundials were used by the Vikings to navigate. They used chunks made of calcite to maintain their course on cloudy days. The calcite was placed in front of the eyes to darken the sky, suppress reflections or reduce glare from lakes and sea surface. The sun is also used by bees as a compass. They navigate in cloudy conditions by using polarized light. Special photoreceptors are used to locate the sun’s location in the sky.

Alarmingly Rapid Disappearance of Bees

This is some cool stuff. Pesticide overuse and habitat destruction are two reasons why bee populations are declining around the world.

There are many things you can do to help bees. Use pesticides sparingly in your garden. Plant bee-friendly and herbs. Shop for organic food. On average, plant, bird, and insect life are 50 percent more abundant at organic farms. If you are feeling inspired, you can create a bee hotel to help protect the bees.