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An apiarist is a beekeeper.

Bees can actually sense the location of land mines.

The ancient Egyptians kept bee hives and used honey. They also used honey in the mummifcation process.

A honeybee moves its wings 11,400 times a minute!

With a colony of bees, there is a unique smell among the residence. This helps to identify those different smelling bees that don't belong in their colony. A queen lives in the colony with 20,000-60,000 honeybees.

The Trigona prisca (Meliponinae) is thought to be the oldest known bee fossil. Found in amber, it dates back 74-94 million years.

There are about 20,000 types of bees.

A honey bee produces only about 1/12 of a teaspoon on honey it in entire life.

Bees can fly about 15 mph.

Bees can recognize colors except for the color RED.

Bees do a type of dance to communicate to other bees location and distance of sources of pollen.

A bee can visit about 12 flowers in a minute or 4000 flowers in a day.

Scientists have found that bees can the number 4!

A bee can carry more than 1/2 its weight in pollen!

Bees were brought over by the Europeans to North America. Some native Americans called bees, the "white man's flies".

The sun is used to bees to navigate and on cloudy days,bees can still find its position from lighter spots in the sky.

Without bees, we wouldn't have many of the foods we eat-an estimated 237 foods are dependent on bees. BeesĀ help pollinate foods like almonds, apples, squash, blueberries and lemons.

Weatherlore says that if "bees stay at home, rain will soon come" and "If they fly away, fine with be the day."

In 2012, China was the largest producer of honey and the state of California produced the most honey in the United States.

A superstition says that if a bee enters your home, you will have a visitor.

Did you know that the BUZZ sound of a bee is actually its four wings moving?

Bee hives are very clean. All waste in the colony is removed as a task of some of the worker bees.

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Extension Activities:

  • Learn more about bees

  • Pretend you are a honey bee. Tell about your day searching flowers for pollen. Use 3 facts learned from the bee fact page in your story. Or,pretend you are the queen bee. Tell about your day sitting around in the hive. What do you do? What do you see? What do you hear? Etc.

  • video on bees and the different roles of each in a honey hive.

  • How bees make honey

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