Bee Facts for Kids

Buzz into the busy and fascinating world of bees, the tiny pollinators that play a crucial role in our ecosystem! Bees are remarkable creatures known for their ability to make honey, their unique social structure, and their incredible work ethic. From the common honeybee to the solitary bumblebee, these insects are responsible for pollinating a large portion of the plants we eat every day. Perfect for young environmentalists and budding entomologists, these 30 fun facts about bees will offer a glimpse into the hive and the life of one of nature’s most important animals. So, let’s don our beekeeper hats and explore the buzzing, vibrant world of bees!

30 Bees Fun Facts for Kids

  1. There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world.
  2. Bees have been around for more than 30 million years.
  3. Honeybees communicate through a dance called the “waggle dance” to share information about food sources.
  4. Bees have five eyes – two compound eyes and three simple eyes.
  5. The average worker bee produces about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  6. Beeswax, used to build the honeycomb, is produced by worker bees.
  7. Honey never spoils and can be eaten years after it’s produced.
  8. A queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
  9. The only bee that dies after stinging is the honeybee.
  10. Bees have two pairs of wings, which beat over 11,000 times per minute.
  11. The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.
  12. Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest.
  13. Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  14. A bee’s wings flap at about 230 beats per second.
  15. Honeybees can recognize human faces.
  16. Bees are attracted to caffeine and nicotine, just like humans.
  17. The buzz sound bees make is the sound of their wings flapping.
  18. Bees are excellent mathematicians and can calculate distances and angles.
  19. Male bees are called drones and their main role is to mate with the queen.
  20. Bees pollinate about one-sixth of the world’s flowering plant species.
  21. The average speed of a bee in flight is about 15 miles per hour.
  22. Bees have a special stomach called a honey stomach to store nectar.
  23. The color of honey depends on the types of flowers the bees visit.
  24. Bees need to visit around 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  25. Some species of bees hibernate in the winter.
  26. Bees make a substance called propolis, which they use as a glue in their hives.
  27. A colony of bees can consist of 20,000 to 60,000 honeybees and one queen.
  28. Worker bees are all female and do all the work in the hive.
  29. Bees can fly as far as five miles for food.
  30. A bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed.

FAQ

Q: Why do bees make honey?
A: Bees make honey to feed themselves during winter and other times when there are fewer flowers available.

Q: How do bees help the environment?
A: Bees play a vital role in pollinating plants, which allows plants to produce fruits and seeds. They are essential for the health of ecosystems and agriculture.

Q: Can all bees sting?
A: Most female bees can sting, but male bees (drones) do not have stingers. Some bees, like worker honeybees, die after stinging because their stingers are barbed and get stuck in the skin.

Q: What is the difference between honeybees and bumblebees?
A: Honeybees are smaller, live in larger colonies, and produce honey. Bumblebees are larger, have a more robust body, live in smaller colonies, and do not produce as much honey.