PODCAST EPISODE 37: Ben Moore’s 99 Astonishing Bee Facts
Can you tell me, what is the size of a bee brain?
How many BILLIONS of dollars do bees bring to the world economy each year?
How do bees keep their hives at 34 degrees Celsius?
How is that bees “dance for their dinner”?
Do bees need shut eye, just like humans?
In ancient Greece, which famous god was known for beekeeping?
Is “piping” music to a beekeeper’s ears?
Bees can be gynandromorphic, but what does that mean?
In summer, what is the proportion of bees to humans in London?
Bees are endlessly fascinating and highly complex creatures, and, in turn, there are a million and one reasons to love them. Probably more. So, to make a list of astonishing facts about bees is a pretty pleasurable task for a humungous bee lover; it’s sort of like shifting through the encyclopaedic quantities of bee-related titbits I keep on hand to find a selection of the best. You see, I often find myself jotting down little notes on paper or in my phone about why bees make the world a more special place. I find these facts in all different places. From the internet, to media sites, science research, word of mouth and my experiences in the field. So here we have it, for episode 37 of the BEES WITH BEN beekeeping podcast, I will be presenting you, my dear bee community, with a whopping 99 facts that highlight the extraordinary nature of bees.
I don’t want to give too much away, but these facts touch on economics, environmental sustainability, anatomy, social structures, genetics, among many other fields. There are more than a few odd balls that will really knock your socks off! Heart-warming, mind-blowing, stomach-churning, ground-breaking – bees are much more than what meets the eye, and I hope this list of 99 of my favourite facts about bees show them off as the insect superstars they truly are. As the biologist Karl Von Frisch wrote: “The bee’s life is like a magic well, the more you draw from it the more it fills with water.”
Tune is to hear me, Ben Moore, give you 99 reasons to love bees even more than you already do!