Closeup of Honey bee feeding on brilliant tiny purple flowers. The flowers in Spring blossom and are of a variety of the Statice flower plant.
A honey bee, in contrast with the stingless honey bee, is any bee member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. This Worker Bee is usually the only bee that most people ever see. These bees are females that are not sexually developed. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, and perform many other societal functions.
*There are three types of bees in the hive - Queen, Worker and Drone.
*The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. -*This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
*Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.
*Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
*Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
*Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
*Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.
*Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
*Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front. They also have hair on their eyes!
*Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).
*Honeybees never sleep!
Grown for both its colorful flowers and its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that encloses the flower bud), statice is also considered an herb, referred to as "sea lavender." Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. Its botanical name is derived from the Greek word "limonium," meaning meadow, referring to the plants original habitat and likely why this versatile flower is also called marsh-rosemary.
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