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Bees & Wasps Facts

- Brains of bees are the size of a sesame seed, which is about 20,000 times smaller then the human brain.

- Honeybees have to consume about 8 pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.

- Bees will travel up to 3 miles from their hive in search of food.

- Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approximately 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the United States.

- The only bees that die after they sting are honeybees.

- Wasps on the other hand are able to sting repeatedly.

- Bees can count to four.

- Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones.

- Female yellow jacket workers develop from the fertilized egg and male drones develop from the unfertilized egg.

- Bees are part of the third largest insect order, which also includes wasps and ants.

- Honeybees fly at 15 miles per hour.

- Bee stings actually cause several deaths in the United States each year.

- There are 3 kinds of bees in the hive, queen, worker, and drone.

- The honeybee queen may lay up to 1,500 eggs each day during her lifetime.

- Bees can recognize individual faces.

- Honeybees never sleep.