As you can probably guess, we love bees here at Chain Bridge Honey! These clever little creatures, that are so integral to human life, are really pretty amazing, so today we’re going to look at some fascinating bee facts to get you clued up.
Aside from having the ability to create multiple products that we can then carefully harvest and use to create our products, there are many other bee facts that make life inside the colonies something really special.
Fascinating Bee Facts
It’s common knowledge that honey bees are experts at making…yup, you guessed it – honey! But did you know that we’re not the only ones who enjoy eating it and that the reason bees actually make honey is to feed themselves? Fortunately, our little buzzy friends are so efficient that they usual make 2-3 times the amount than they actually need, meaning that we can take our lot without affecting their way of life
Although honey is the ideal nutrition for bees, high in nutrients and energy, bees can only eat the honey that they make themselves and eating honey from another hive is deadly so please don’t feed bees honey!
One of the most fun bee facts is that It is true that bees can ‘talk’ to each other, in the form of dance! To be able to collect the most pollen possible and make the most honey, bees need to work together and to do this, they need to communicate about where the best pollen and food sources are.
If you were to look inside a hive and watch as bees return, you would see them doing a waggling dance, kind of in a figure of eight, which is how they direct their co-workers and impart information.
Bees Are Your Friends
If we can get across one thing about bees in our list of bee facts, it’s that they are so important to our own wellbeing, due to their incredible ability to pollinate flowers, fruits and vegetables. If it wasn’t for bees transferring pollen, our crops and plants would die.
If you want a happy garden, attracting bees is the best thing you can do! Bees love purple and blue flowers that are rich in nectar, so plant some lavender and bluebells and watch these fabulous bugs go to work!
You can also help to support bees by buying from small, local suppliers, like us! Our beekeepers are highly skilled and go to great efforts to take care of our honey bees, unlike many mass producing brands.
A Bee’s Flight
Although honey bees don’t live very long (around 5 or 6 weeks for a worker bee) and manage to make around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in this time, they are extraordinarily hard workers and a hive will collectively fly around 90,000 miles (which is equal to THREE orbits of the earth!) in order to collect 1kg of honey. Incredible!