Did you know this about honey bees in general:
Honey bees don’t like the smell of bananas? The banana odor is similar to the odor of the pheromone given off when a bee stings. Other bees associate this with danger It excites them to attack intruders. Smoking the hive theoretically blocks the banana smell. So if you are stung at the hive, it is smart to smoke the site of the sting.
Honey bees like the smell of lemons? The lemon odor mimics a pheromone given off by bees that have the job to attract her sisters to their hive. You sometimes see one or more bees sitting on their front porch with their butts facing away from the hive fanning with their wings to spread this lemon smell into the air. It lets the sisters know it is okay to enter the hive. Bees also do this when they swarm and are locating a new home. Scout bees do the fanning at the entrance of the new home. Rubbing the herb lemon balm on an empty hive is sometimes used to attract a swarm.
They don’t make honey. Rather they improve upon a plant product–nectar. Nectar is repeatedly regurgitated and dehydrated to make it into honey?
Bees fly 15 miles an hour at a wing beat over 11,000 cycles per minute?
One pound of honey took 2 million bee trips to flowers?
One out of every there bites is pollinated? Cross-pollination helps at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our wild plants to thrive.
Since 2006, beekeepers in the US have seen colony loss rates increase to an average of 30% each winter compared to historical loss rates of 10 t0 15%
Flies a 2.5 mile radius from the hive?
Each year, bees pollinate 95 crops worth an estimated $10 billion in the US alone? Along with other pollinators, bees contribute to one-third of the world’s diet?
The European Union has passed a moratorium banning three neonicotinoids pesticides which have been implicated in large-scale bee deaths and Colony Collapse Disorder?
Neonicotinoids or Neonics are the most widely used pesticide in the world?
Neonics are linked to weakening the immune system in bees, making them more susceptible to pathogens passed to them by the Verroa mite?
Neonics are linked to adversely affecting the development of the neurons and brain structures associated with functions such as learning and memory in mammals?
A recent study conducted by the USGS found large quantities of neonics in surface water in corn and soybean producing regions of the US?