Think twice before you swat a bee!
During summertime I can get completely mesmerized observing a bee flying from flower to flower. I find its 'work-ethics' just amazing to watch. A bee beats its wings 11,400 times per minute... thus making its distinctive buzz. This means an astonishing 684,000 beats per hour - more than half a million times an hour!!! Here's a few more bee facts:
- A bee visits between 50-100 flower in one collection trip (just think how many flowers this adds up to in a single day).
- The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- The worker honey bees are female and lives 6-8 weeks and do all the work.
- The male honey bees are called drones, and the do no work at all, have no stinger, all they do is mating.
- It is the ONLY insect that produces edible food for humans and, as many will know, honey has many healing properties.
So in return for their effort... you might want to choose a more 'bee friendly' way to make a bee go away if you feel it's getting too close. Simply keep a water spray at the ready - a couple of whiffs will make the bee believe it's raining and it will go back home!