A welcome sight in our gardens throughout the summer, bees are often busy collecting nectar and pollen to feed their colony. They are a crucial part of our eco-system, enabling plants to pollinate and thrive.

The bee is a beautiful symbol that is used on a wide range of gifts. We have taken a close look into what makes the bee unique and special, with some suprising facts that you may not have known.

  • Bees live in colonies or hives
  • The colony is split into 3 sections - the queen, workers and drones
  • If you see a bee that is struggling, you can give it an energy boost with some sugar water
  • Bees actually have 4 wings! There are 2 wings on each side which hook together to make a larger one
  • Honeybees are important pollinators for plants, fruits and vegetables
  • Honeybees communicate by performing a ‘waggledance’

  • Bees leave scented footprints wherever they go, so they can identify who other bees are and know to avoid flowers where they have already visited
  • Worker bees can create a new queen by choosing a larvae and feeding it special royal jelly which will help to make them extra fertile
  • A queen can lay up to 2500 eggs per day
  • Bees can fly at a speed of 25km per hour
  • The buzzing insect beats their wings around 200 times per second
  • They have an amazing sense of smell, having 170 odorant receptors

  • A bee has 5 eyes
  • A queen can live for up to 5 years
  • Lavender and bluebells are high in nectar, so perfect for planting in the garden to attract bees
  • Over 270 species of bee have been recorded in Great Britain
  • Bees have been declining in numbers due to climate change, disease, pesticides, pollution and loss of habitat
  • Bees mate high up in the sky
  • After mating, the male will lose his reproductive organs and die

  • There are 200 species of solitary bee in the UK which need individual nests to live in
  • Bees make 2 or 3 times more honey than they need to survive, which is why humans are able to use it
  • Bees do not sleep! They remain motionless in order to preserve energy
  • A bee will sting when frightened or in order to protect their colony
  • It is true that a bee will die after they have had their stinger lance removed
  • In the summer there can be up to 40,000 bees in a hive. This can fall to 5000 in the winter

With all these fascinating facts, it's not hard to see why bees are such popular insects. If you know someone who just loves bees, then why not take a look at our wonderful range of bee gifts?






Post By Kimberley