National Honey Bee Day

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Utah (ABC4 News) — Saturday, Aug. 15, is National Honey Bee Day. Bee’s are often thought pesky and painful but have a very important purpose.

Texas A&M University released the follow facts about Honey Bee’s you might not know:

  • Bees have 5 eyes
  • Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs
  • Male bees in the hive are called drones
  • Bees can fly up to about 20 mph
  • Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees
  • Number of eggs laid by queen: 2,000 per day is the high
  • Losing its stinger causes a bee to die
  • Bees have been around about 30 million years
  • An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees

According to Pennsylvania-based Beekeeper, Karen Mosholder, these sweet honey bees are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat.

About 90% of the world’s wild flowering plants depend on pollination, as well as, more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land, according to Mosholder.

Check out our gallery of bee’s photographed in Utah.

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