As a beekeeper, a number of queries must be popping in your mind concerning the excursion.
In this blog, we’ve mentioned all the possible inquiries that would come into your mind associated with honey bees.
This blog will help you to learn about honey bees in an efficacious manner. Also, if we miss something, or in case you have any other doubt, do let us know in the remark section. We will be glad to help!
FAQ: Can bees be black?
Of course, they can be. All bees don’t possess yellow and black stripes. The carpenter bees are black whereas Masson bees resemble flies. This is because they possess dark color.
Believe it or not, honey bees are different as their hues from one race to another. Though we haven’t yet discovered the complete black ones but that doesn’t imply that these don’t exist.
FAQ: Can bees hear?
Yes, but they aren’t expert at it. Bees can hear only up to some extent. They can trace the sound by observing the moments of the air particles in their surroundings, caused due to sound vibrations.
It describes productivity of the waggle dance, regardless of it cropping up in a pretty dark room. They don’t have traditional auditory organs, therefore it is believed that they identify sound through their antennae.
Since their frequency of detection is quite low, so try to hook up speakers to serenade them with the latest trending hits.
FAQ: Can bees fly in the rain?
Have you ever watched animation movies such as ‘Ants’, ‘A Bug’s life’? During the rains, they create the raindrops sound like missiles. Actuality for bees, it isn’t that dramatic. They are usually found foraging during a light shower. Also, they are careful while doing so. They never forget to take care of the safety of their haven during a thunderstorm.
On the other hand, it is quite interesting to explore that they have their own intuitive weather channel. As per studies, bees behave differently before a storm. They forage the evening prior to the storm, so it seems as if they can sense the changes of air pressure long before it actually hits. They are likely to get less charitable with their honey stores and so you’ll notice that they become more aggressive during such time.
FAQ: Can bees bite?
Yes.People are way too big for their mandibles. So all that you need to be scared of is the string.
The bite helps them to inject an anaesthetic into their intruder which disables them. Also, it permits them to take off the pest from the hive. Consider if the bouncers at the club had the same capabilities!
FAQ: Can bees get high?
No, not exactly. In order to get high, the brain consists of neuroreceptors that stick with the chemical that creates an altered neurophysiological reaction. Usually, the sensory organs are not equipped to get high.
The studies have already revealed that bees are partial to the nectar that comprise caffeine. It is because such nectar will be addictive and hence would result in bees going back to the same flower.
Still, that wouldn’t get them high. The best they can think of is a good buzz (watch my actions there)
FAQ: Can bees and Wasps coexist?
Not all wasps are a great fan of bee meat. We are aware of hornets and yellow jackets because they have flavor for bee larvae. They usually attack and then kill colonies.
Whereas other wasps comfortably target other insects such as grasshoppers, as per their surroundings. Therefore, you might notice them living around each other like neighbours, however they can never be roommates.
FAQ: Can bees communicate with each other?
Of course, they do. Foragers make use of dance to lead their sisters to a new source of nectar. Scout bees utilize their sound to create an alert for the colony to prepare to swarm. For the queen, what unites the colony is her pheromones.
Sometimes when the colony is really high in number, some of the workers lose connection with the queen. And since they don’t like to keep that place vacant, they appoint a new queen.
This is a very come incident of what they do once they lose contact with their working staff.
FAQ: Can bees see in the dark?
Bees don’t possess expertise in night vision. In Africa, most of the harvesting activities take place during the evening and in traditional log hives during the night.
With a Langstroth hive of this kind, instead of flying right straight out, the bees crawl out of the hive. They make use of their senses such as touch and fragrance through their antennae. So they can efficiently protect the hive even in the dark.
FAQ: Can bees count?
Yes, surprised? Well, they can do that up to some extent only. As per studies done by scientists of ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science in Australia, bees can identify a pattern of 3 elements that include dots.
Also, these scientists believe they can be upskilled to identify a pattern of 4. It seems as if they are ready for preschool. Isn’t it?
FAQ: How many bees are left?
As of 2019, it is found that there are approximately 2 trillion bees left in the world. Well, of course, this data isn’t collected by manually counting the bees that one discovers around them.
This has been extracted from the existing hives and colonies that have been observed or known priorly. Their disappearance is undoubtedly a problem.
Climate changes, pesticides, and parasites are some of the reasons behind this low count.
FAQ: Can bees blink?
No. One can only blink if they have eyelids. Bees don’t have that. They possess hair on their eyes that can be wiped with their legs in order to clear their sight.
FAQ: Can bees kill you?
Yes, but there’s a twist. If you are allergic to bee venom, a single sting will land straight to the hospital. For others who aren’t allergic, could be stung to death. In such dreadful cases, the victim agonizes thousands of bee stings.
Visualize the pain and swelling you get when you bear just one bee sting. Now multiply the agony by a thousand. Each sting will make you taste the flavor of bee venom.
Trust me, it is too much to take your life. In case you encounter a hive that you haven’t seen before in the wild especially, the best you can do is walk away quietly.
FAQ: Can bees die from exhaustion?
Oh yes, the main killer of worker bees is exhaustion. In their inactive months, bees can persist to live for 6 months.
When the flower starts to blossom, the workers devote every bit of their energy to foraging and caring for the hive and they die of exhaustion within 6 weeks.
The phrase “this job will be the death of me”, now delivers a whole new meaning.
FAQ: Can bees carry Lymes disease?
No, they don’t. The dreadful gift to human hosts by joining themselves to a victim for 24-48 hours is passed through the tick.
After infecting mammal-like mice, the ticks get contaminated by the bacteria. So a bee wouldn’t compact the bacteria until it goes for a key lifestyle change.
Moreover, the tick is supposed to be attached to the skin for an increased amount of time. They remove the sting from their remaining body and go off to die. This would be too early for a bacteria to set inside.
FAQ: Can bees smell fear?
When a bee stings you, it leaves behind an odour that acts as a signal for others like a bull’s eye. Swatting and waving create agitation for them.
When a thousand of these come to you, they are high chances for them to be spurred on by your existence and pheromones are the leftover of a bee sting.
It is easy to create further offense to the bees when you might think how jerky and clumsy you get. A steady hand is needed to tackle them.
FAQ: Can all bees sting?
That isn’t correct. As a matter of fact, the first and foremost thing to know is that there are thousands of variable bee species.
Commonly known ones are called bumblebees and honey bees while they have many cousins and some of these don’t have stings.
Only the female can use the sword in a honey bee colony. The drones are left powerless.
Therefore, you don’t need to fear at all if a drone comes to you. Since they don’t have to defend anything, they aren’t adorned with great weapons.
In fact, Brazil has over 400 species of stingless bees that deliver honey.
FAQ: Do bees sleep?
Bees do sleep. But not in the same way as we do. Studies have revealed that they need sleep of five to eight hours a day, similar to that of us.
Although, it has been found that during the hours of stay they ensure that they save enough energy. They will discover a place to stay in this peaceful position for a longer period of time so that when they start their day they have enough energy to carry out their routine tasks.
FAQ: Can bees sting dogs?
Yes, they can do so. It isn’t a very common incident, but wild swarms have been known to kill dogs sometimes. There are a few mammals who don’t get affected by a bee sting.
These include skunks and bears. This is because these creatures have thick skin and hence the sting can’t make it very deep inside.
Whereas mammals like dogs, which are cuddly because of more hair and skin, possess poor safeguard capabilities against stings.
FAQ: Do bees sting other bees?
Well, bees as professional as they are, are somewhere wicked too. Their one such act is robbing. Italian bees are believed to be the most notorious ones.
Like time, it is brought on when you have a feeder that can be reached from the outer of the hive or during a nectar dearth.
It isn’t easy for the robbers to leave without tackling the victims. This isn’t the same as a suicide mission, they go on when they are protecting the hive of mammals that have soft flesh.
It is interesting to know, with other bees the stringer doesn’t tear the bee into pieces because the barbs aren’t fond of exoskeletons. Henceforth the bees sting and survive to inform their sisters about it.
FAQ: Can bees drink water?
Yes, they can, like every other living being. It is essential for their survival just like for us. They use water for other purposes too.
They utilize it to cool down the hive. This is done by putting water in a cell in the honeycomb and then fanning it in a crazy manner that would allow it to evaporate.
For evaporation to happen, the water is supposed to absorb some part of the heat and hence cooling the hive. This is a hard procedure but is efficacious.
FAQ: Can bees swim?
If they can, they aren’t pro at it. When giving water to your bees, it is necessary to deliver some floatation device. It could be some small sticks or gravel to keep them from drowning.
They even go inside the syrup, for example when the feed is placed in a frame feeder. It is necessary to remember to add a few small twigs to control drowning.
FAQ: Can you move a bees’ nest?
Of course, you can. But the question here is “Why?”. With all the difficulties that various categories of bees are facing to sustain their survival, it is essential to treat them carefully.
If it is important to move the nest with the utmost care, in case it is compulsory to do so. Be very careful as it may injure the bees.
This process is usually performed during the night. All the bees are at home and you want them to move. Foragers don’t possess a tracking device.
So if the home moves, they will keep going to the same place, waiting for it to come back.
FAQ: Do bees die when they sting?
As discussed earlier, worker honey bees lose their lives once they sting a human or a mammal. But this is because of the size of their stinger and the fact that it gets stuck while trying to bow out themselves.
They don’t die while stinging other insects. Also, the drones don’t have stringers and you will seldom be stung by a queen because she leaves her hive in rare cases.
FAQ: Can all bees make honey?
No, not all of them. Drones don’t forage and hence aren’t proficient in making honey. Solitary bees that include mason bee intake nectar for energy and store pollen for their larvae.
Once they are done with packing lunch and putting down their eggs to spend their entire childhood. They finish their cycle of life and death. They don’t demand honey because they don’t survive enough to enjoy it.
FAQ: Can bees be trained?
Yes, this can be done. Bees can be trained, but you don’t have to play any part during such times.
Some studies predict that bees identify explosives by training them and respond to the smell of certain explosive materials.
FAQ: Can bees be smoked out?
When the smoke is blown into their way, it breaks up their key channel of interaction which is via pheromones. Smoke is essentially used in beekeeping to keep the bees calm.
Since they are unaware of what has come into their way, they move their exit plan which comes off on a full stomach.
They overfill themselves with honey and then target it by keeping the queen safe. This always results in them escaping from the smoke.
But they stay in the hive to safeguard their queen. In case you, ve a colony that has been transferred into your ceiling or wall, then you will require more than smoke to get them out.
FAQ: Can bees change their gender?
No, but the switching of roles can happen. But drones can’t do that, only workers can. Nurse bees are in charge of caring for the young and developing honeycomb.
If the requirement is high, this role can be assigned to forages. Although they aren’t experts just like younger crew members.
When things don’t work in the way they expected them to work, worker bees can produce eggs. Those hatch into drones because the eggs aren’t fertilized. These are problem symptoms and require immediate attention.
FAQ: How many stomachs do bees have?
Bees comprise two stomachs, The first one is a regular one that is used for food digestion and is necessary for survival.
The second one, on the other hand, is crucial as it stores the nectar that the bee has collected from a variety of flowers and water.
These two stomachs help honey bees to carry out their day-to-day job of collecting nectar and producing tasty honey. Without these, the honey bees can’t collect and move the nectar from the flower.