a bee flying over many yellow flowers.

Working Insect Bees and the Importance of Their Work

In their quest to collect the nectar needed for honey production, bees can fly at up to 15 miles per hour. Bees must visit two million flowers just to produce one pound of honey. Each bee can fly up to 12 miles per day, and while they collect all the pollen for their honey, they also pollinate the flowers they visit. Many of these flowers will help produce much of the food we eat. A colony typically produces about 50 pounds of honey per year.

Like ants, bees are also organized by class and dedicated to very specific tasks. For example, worker bees are infertile females and are in charge of the maintenance of the colony. They are also the ones in charge of feeding the young bees, taking care of the queen bee, administering the nectar that comes in, building the wax combs, and watching and taking care of the hive during its first stages as an adult. They are also in charge of searching and collecting pollen, water and nectar.

When they are not busy caring for their young, worker bees also refresh the interior of the hive. The bees regulate the temperature in the center of the hive to keep it at 93 degrees Fahrenheit. When it is too hot, worker bees ventilate the air over the water droplets to lower the temperature. It seems that the bees almost never stop flapping their wings.