Bees can flap their wings as fast as 11,000 times per second.
They flap their wings to do a lot of things, but one reason is to heat and cool the hive at all times. The worker bees keep the hive at a steady temperature all year round with their wing flaps. They would like it to be 92-93 degrees -- which is pretty warm.
Honey bees fly in a radius of about 3-5 miles from their homes to forage for flowers and food.
Bees gather both nectar and pollen from flowers and trees.
Nectar: Honey is actually like bee throw-up!!! They bring the nectar back to the hive and regurgitate the nectar into a honey cell. Then through flapping their wings (again!), the bees evaporate some of the liquid in the nectar throw-up until it is honey. Then they seal it for later use.
Pollen: Bees use pollen, which is really sticky, and combine it with nectar to make bee bread. They feed this to the baby bees, which are also called brood.
Bees have a lot of hairs -- everywhere -- even on their eyes! People think this helps them to be really good at collecting pollen which they then move into their pollen baskets on the back of their legs and take home.
Bees see color and they use their eyesight to see flowers. Bees can see colors that we cannot see -- in the ultra-violet rage. Some flowers even have "runways" that are colored maps showing the bees where to land. We people cannot see these markings on the flowers, but the bees can.
Bees preform an essential act by moving pollen and nectar from one flower to another. They pollinate the flowers and trees which allows fruits and vegetables to be created and to grow.
The honey bees that we are used to tlking about fly in the daytime and not at night. Africanized bees can fly with moonlight though.
A hive can make 50-200 pounds of honey a year, and it takes over 150 trips to a flower or tree to make just one teaspoon of honey.