Movie: Bees

Find out some fascinating facts about honeybees and their colonies.

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© Australian Museum
Producer:
Deborah White
Script Writer:
Deborah White
Other Contributions:
Images by Mario Pahl

Transcript

Honeybees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years.

A colony of bees consists of tens of thousands of female worker bees, one queen and sometimes drones (males).

A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

A bee tells its friends where to find nectar by doing a dance that positions the flower in relation to the sun and the hive.

Despite its effort, the average honeybee will only make one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

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