Bees have a sense of smell that they use often in their daily activities. Bees actually rely heavily on their senses of smell for protection.
Drone bees that guard the nest must use their sense of smell to sniff out intruders. Each hive has its own particular scent, and any bee without a match to this scent is exiled immediately to prevent intruders from harming the queen. The queen herself produces a pheromone that her workers must be able to smell and identify to recognize her as their queen and impregnate her so that the colony can continue to expand.Learn More
Humans rely on bees to pollinate one-sixth of the world's flowering plants, as well as about 400 different species of plants important in agriculture. In 2010, the pollinating services of bees helped to produce nearly $20 million in agriculture in the United States alone.Full Answer >
Bees are identified based on size, behavior and appearance. For instance, bumble bees and carpenter bees run 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. Bumble bees are black and yellow. Male carpenter bees are black, and females are tan. This type of bee has little hair and is shiny.Full Answer >
To remove bees, use a natural lure or a noxious odor to drive them away. If the bees are still present, contact a professional to remove the beehive.Full Answer >
A consensus of expert opinions states that bees travel between 15 to 22 miles an hour when they fly. According to Hives for Lives, bees flap their wings approximately 11,000 times per minute just to keep their pollen-loaded bodies aloft.Full Answer >