1. The honey bee has been around for millions of years.

2. Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis mellifera, which mean “honey-carrying bee”, are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.

3. It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

4. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

5. Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses (one on each side of the head), 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach. See image for: honeybee body parts.

6. Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes. Their exceptional olfactory abilities include kin recognition signals, social communication within the hive, and odor recognition for finding food. Their sense of smell is so precise that it could differentiate hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from metres away.

7. The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.

1 month ago

Looking forward to seeing you at our event today “Managing the Asian hornet threat”. Tickets are £11. See you at: 12 Groom Way, Lenham, Maidstone, ME17 2QT, England.

2 months ago

Come and visit us today at our stall in Tenterden at the May Fyre (recreational ground)

2 months ago

It‘s this time of the year when bees follow their natural instinct and swarm. If you see a swarm please contact us. Please NOT use any pesticides! A swarm of bees is not aggressive as they don‘t ... See more

2 months ago
Bees survive Notre Dame fire after getting 'drunk on smoke'

The Bees on top of Notre Dame did the survive!

Thousands of insects on cathedral's roof emerged unscathed from inferno, confounding beekeepers who feared they had perished

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Richard Bowler Wildlife Photography

worth a read! Happy Easter to you and your families

If you choose to eat lamb this weekend, remember it's not just the lamb that dies for your meal. Followers of this page will know by now, foxes are slaughtered constantly in the name of sheep ... See more

3 months ago

Please consider this before using any pesticides in your garden and green areas respectively. Protect our bees and all pollinators and ülease share this! #pesticides #weeds #Dandelion

3 months ago
We Face A Crisis Bigger Than Climate Change, But We're Not Talking About It

A three-year UN-backed study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has grim implications for the future of humanity

A three-year UN-backed study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has grim implications for the future of humanity.

3 months ago
Kent Asian Hornet Traps - Google My Maps

Thanks to Dougal from the Canterbury branch who created this map showing locations of Asian Hornet monitoring traps in Kent. Please contact us if you setup traps that can be added to this map ... See more

Very approximate locations

3 months ago
Earth Matters

want to understand bee-ish? here is a small introduction into the language of the bees

MNN's Earth Matters channel covers climate change, environmental legislation, governmental policy, energy, and animal stories

3 months ago
Loss of British bees threatens food security

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/science-environment-47698294?__twitter_impression=true

Rarer pollinators are struggling and scientists say this could threaten the UK's long-term food security.

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