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5 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Bees

Beeswax Co. prides itself on sourcing the purest, cleanest, Texas beeswax—and we take it seriously. Our commitment to making sure each candle is made from the finest and purest Beeswax is part of the reason we’re one of the premier suppliers of Beeswax candles in the U.S.

 

With that being said, we thought we’d educate you a little more on the pollinators who have helped us become the successful company we are today. Some dodge them, run from them and even scream at them—but honeybees have a lot more to them than the stingers you fear.  Many of our customers are huge bee fans and go the extra mile to make accommodations for them such as planting bee friendly gardens and using pesticide free practices.  Bee lover or not, here are 5 fun facts you probably didn’t know about bees.

 

  1. The queen can live up to five years – Her sole role is to fill the hive with eggs. At maximum strength, she can lay up to 2,000 eggs (yes, two THOUSAND) per day.
  2. Male bees are also known as “drones” – These bees have no stingers and don’t work at all. Their job is to mate.
  3. Bees are job creators – On average, Americans consume about 285 pounds of honey each year. It’s also estimated that honeybees pollinate 80 percent of the country’s insect crops. This totals to bees pollinating over $20 billion worth of crops per year.
  4. Honeybees have five eyes – Three of their eyes are on the top of their head and the other two are directly in front. They also have hair on their eyes. These hairs aid in navigation, determining wind direction and flight speed of the bee.
  5. They dance – You heard that right! Honeybees’ form of communication is through dance. There are two kinds of dance—the waggle dance and the round dance. Waggling means the food is farther away and the round dance indicates food is nearby.

 

Curious to see the waggle dance? Beeswax Co. has you covered. Check out this link to watch them dance like no one’s watching. Check out our website for more interesting bee facts.