Strange Facts about Bees That You didn't Know

Bees are wonderful pollinators and honey producers that revive our taste buds. But can you imagine all the incredible things they can do?...

Bees are wonderful pollinators and honey producers that revive our taste buds. But can you imagine all the incredible things they can do? DGS lets you discover 14 reasons that demonstrate that our bees are superheroines!

1. They can detect the magnetic fields of flowers.

Electro-reception helps bees to detect which flowers have already been searched for their nectar.

2. They resist 30 times the pressure that gravity exerts on them when they shake the flowers to make the pollen gush out.

3. They can smell landmines.

Researchers in Croatia have trained a team of bees to sniff landmines by making them associate the smell of TNT with that of sugar. Their sense of smell being very powerful, they can detect odors up to 4.5 km away.

4. They are known to work as “biosensors”, keeping an eye on pollution at German airports.

Honey from bees patrolling Düsseldorf International Airport, as well as seven others, is used to test things like hydrocarbons and heavy metals in the air.

5. They are able to fly over Everest.

In an article in the journal Biology Letters , scientists discovered that alpine bees could support hovering at an altitude of more than 9,000 m , higher than Mount Everest.

6. They can carry almost half their weight in pollen. With great determination.

7. They enjoy the laws of physics to make incredible nests in hexagonal paving. The construction of the nests begins in a circular fashion, then the surface tension shapes the cells in a hexagonal shape.

8. Magnets are their kryptonite.

By attaching small pieces of steel to bees while waving magnets near them three times a minute, scientists keen to study the effects of sleep deprivation on bees have discovered that they are able to stay awake all night.


Facts about bees
Facts about bees

9. Their brains are capable of solving mathematical problems.
When they meet a certain number of flowers, they develop the quickest path between
 all the different flowers to be gathered.

10. Bees can recognize and distinguish human faces.
Scientists have trained bees to recognize a photo of a particular face by giving them 
a reward at the end. Almost 90% of the time the reward is obtained, although they
only have 0.01% of the neurons that humans have.

11. Their wings flap 230 times per second.

12. They taste pollen with their legs.
But also with their mouths and their antennae. When scientists dabbed bees' legs with
 solutions containing sucrose, salt and bitterness, the majority of them were more 
attracted to salt than the rest.

13. They are ruthless towards their enemies
The stingless bees in Australia mummify the beetles that break in their hives.

14. They save us from starvation every day.
A third of the food we eat, directly or indirectly, relies on bees.

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