The Book of Six © Six Facts About Worker Bees

Workers

Bob Allen and his worker bees

Bob Allen and his worker bees

Six facts about worker bees:

  1. Live up 6 weeks
  2. Leave the hive to use the bathroom
  3. Determine who the next queen will be
  4. Will produce 1/12th a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime
  5. Visits between 50 and 100 flowers a day
  6. Will collect 1/2 their body weight in pollen each trip out

Here’s something good to know, only the females sting.  The drones (male bees) do not have stingers.

All worker bees are sterile females and live up to their tag line – busy as a bee.

Aster and Bob looking at a single worker bee

Aster and Bob looking at a single worker bee

Copy and photos by Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening With Confidence Follow Helen on Twitter @HelenYoest and her Facebook page, the Gardening With Confidence fan page. Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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4 Comments »

  1. TC said

    Do the females sting? I heard it’s worse than the males’. ;~P

  2. Janet said

    ONly 1/12th of a teaspoon? Man — such a tiny amount for so much work.

  3. TC, I understand from Bob Allen, bee keeper, only the worker bees (sterile females) do the stinger. Drones (males) cannot sting. A drones stinger is replaced with a sex organ.

    H.

  4. TC said

    Thanks for answering my question Ms. Helen.

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