As part of our #happyBEEweek (28 Nov – 4 Dec) celebrations we counted down the 5 most spotted bees and the 5 most popular plants which were recorded during the Great British Bee Count.
THE 2ND MOST SPOTTED BEE was Honey Bee.There are three main types of honeybee:
Worker bees – they make up about 99% of each colony’s population. Worker bees are all female and live for around 45 days. They carry out most of the tasks and the different tasks carried out depend on the age of the bee.
Drone bees – these are all male. Their job is to mate with queens from other hives and will die immediately afterwards. If they do not mate, they can live up to 90 days. Drones are identified by their large round bodies and large eyes.
Queen bees – there is one queen bee per hive and she can live for up to 5 years. The Queen lays around 1,500 eggs a day during spring and summer. Queen bees are identified by their long abdomens and small wings.
Here are some fascinating facts about honeybees:
-The honey bee has been around for millions of years.
-A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.
-If the queen uses stored sperm to fertilise the egg, the larva that hatches is female. If the egg is left unfertilised, the larva that hatches is male.
-Each honey bee colony has a unique odour for members’ identification.
-Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
THE SECOND MOST POPULAR PLANT was lacy phacelia.