15 Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees
by Debbie Hadley ThoughtCo.
No other insect serves human needs like the honey bee. For centuries, beekeepers have raised honey bees, harvesting the sweet honey they produce and relying on them to pollinate crops. Honey bees pollinate an estimated one-third of all the food crops we consume. Here are 15 facts about honey bees you might not know.
Honey Bees Can Fly Up to 15 Miles per Hour
Fifteen miles per hour might seem fast, but in the bug world, it’s actually rather slow. Honey bees are built for short trips from flower to flower, not for long-distance hauls. Their tiny wings must flap 12,000 to 15,000 times per minute just to keep their pollen-laden bodies aloft for the flight home.