At Mums NI, we believe that education starts at home. We, as parents, are our children's Primary Educators. Together, we can inspire young minds and make learning fun!
In this Fun Facts Friday, we are going to find out about Honey Bees! They provide such an important role in our enviroment that without them, we'd be living in a very different world indeed. So get your little ones and snuggle down for this fun fact mission to find out more about these amazing insects.
Is honey good for you? How much honey does a Honey Bee make? Will a Bee sting me?
Lets find out . . .
Out of all the insects in the entire world, Bees are the only ones that make food that humans can eat!
Honey is the only food that contains a brain boosting ingredient called pinocembrin. So make sure to have some honey each day to help keep you smart!
Bees are pretty harmless. Although a Worker Bee will sting you if she feels under threat.
Over it's lifetime, a Honey Bee will only make a small amount of honey; 1/12 of a teaspoon!
Queen Bees will lay around 1,500 eggs a day. That's a lot of eggs!!
Bees live in colonies. In a colony of Bees (around 20,000 - 60,000 Bees) there is only ever 1 Queen Bee. She's pretty special. Each colony has a unique smell so that the Bees can find their home.
Plants rely on Bees for pollination (making baby plants). In return for this favour, they provide the Bees with nectar - which is used to make honey. That is excellent teamwork!
A third of the plants we eat have been pollinated by Bees such as blueberries, broccoli, melons and almonds. If the Bees die out, so will our food supply. So it's important to look after the Bees.
Bees communicate with each using a special odour called pheromones. They also do a special dance called the waggle dance, which looks like the figure 8.
Bees can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
We hope you enjoyed this weeks Fun Facts Friday.