Amazing bees


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tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That up to 70.000 bees can live in one colony.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That on warm days in spring, summer and autumn, one colony can send 10.000 – 15.000 bees out of the hive to collect pollen and nectar.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That bees need to fly a distance of 150,000 kilometres (a distance of almost four times around the earth), just to collect 1kg of honey.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That bees need to collect pollen from around about 15 million plants to make 1kg of honey.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That during just one small flight one bee can visit up to 170 flowers.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a single bee can carry around 2 to 3 million grains of pollen, which is around one third of its own body weight. 

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a single bee colony can consume up to 35kg of pollen in one year.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a single bee will leave the colony around 13 times a day, to collect nectar and transport it back in a second stomach, which is just used to transport nectar and make honey.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That bees recognize a flowers specie’s by using their sense of smell, and it is the smell of the blossoms that will lead a bee to pollinate flowers of the same species.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a bee needs to visit more than 200 blossoms to produce one single drop of nectar, and this drop is then passed from bee to bee where it is enriched with secretions from their glands;this process takes 1 to 3 days and will thicken and enrich the nectar, and ultimately it becomes a precious drop of honey.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a bee’s wings make 180-250 beats per second, fully loaded a bee can fly at a speed of 30 kilometres per hour, Unloaded it can fly up to 70 kilometres per hour.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a bee returning to the hive will communicate by wagging its tail and circling the hive to accurately inform other bees about the range and quality of food sources, they can also communicate whether there are hazards or dangers.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a single bee can only survive in its own community of bees.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That bees execute up to 7200 wing strokes per second. This fanning action is performed in order to cool or heat the inside of the hive. 

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That bees do not hibernate. They retreat to their queen and cluster together and therefore can survive outside temperatures of minus 40 degrees and below.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That every bee hive has its own scent, to enable bees to find their way back to their own hive.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That when worker bees decide to create a new queen, due to the old queen weakening or dying, that they feed the chosen larvae solely with royal jelly.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a queen bee, between April and June, will lay up to 2000 eggs per day, around 200.000 eggs every year.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That a queen bee can live up to 5 years, while most worker bees only live up to 6 weeks during the summer.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png dThat nurse bees take care of bee larvae, and will visit each larvae around 2000 times during their larval stage, which lasts from 7 to 10 days.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That in a bee hive you will only find, around 200 hundred bees that are male, the drone bees, the drone bees develop from unfertilized eggs, and cannot sting; their sole purpose is to reproduce with a queen. 

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That each worker bee will fulfil six different roles during its short lifespan:


 Work activity

Days 1-3

Cleaning cells and incubation

Day 3-6

Feeding older larvae

Day 6-10

Feeding younger larvae

Day 8-16

Receiving honey and pollen from field bees

Day 12-18

Wax making and cell building

Day 14 onwards

Entrance guards; nectar and pollen foraging


tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png That 1.25 million small flakes of wax are required to produce 1 kg of wax comb, that all cell walls of a honeycomb are just 0.07 millimetres thick and the distance between them is always 8-10 millimetres.

tl_files/bienenschutzgarten/userdata/sechseck_biene_d_signwerk/wabe_klein.png auf einer ganz bestimmten Wabe die genaue Fläche für den Schwänzeltanz markiert wird. Setzt man diese Wabe an einen anderen Ort, werden auch die Tänze am neuen Ort ausgeführt.