Honeybees are some of the first insects we ever interact with or learn about as children. However, plenty of common misconceptions about this insect exist. In this article, we’ll debunk some of these incorrect facts by sharing the most interesting myths about honeybees. To learn more, keep reading.
All Bees Die After Stinging
Contrary to popular belief, not all bees die after stinging. People widely believe this myth because most honeybees will die immediately after rupturing their stinger. This death is gruesome for honeybees, but it’s avoidable for other wild bee species.
All Bees Live Inside Beehives
Although it may be hard to imagine, the swarms of busy bees that live inside established beehives represent only a tiny percentage of the bees in your region. Only social bees work and live inside hives, which means that only 10 percent of honeybees stay inside hives. The rest of the honeybee population finds natural shelter in areas such as tree trunks and caves.
One of the best ways to protect the bee population is to attract pollinators to your home’s garden. The more wildflowers, plants, and trees you include in your backyard, the more space bees will have to live comfortably.
All Bees Have Long Life Spans
It might seem like the familiar bundle of bees you see pollinating your garden flowers are the same insects from the previous years. However, it’s almost impossible that these are the same critters from year to year. On average, honeybees have a life span of only five to six weeks. Even in ideal conditions, the healthiest honeybees still won’t live long past this average mark.
However, while bees may live short lives, the amount of pollinating and honey-producing they accomplish in their life spans is still critical, which is why bees are so essential to our ecosystem.
All Bees Pollinate Plants
Although bees are the world’s largest pollinators, not all types of bees participate in pollination. Wild honeybees, specifically, are primarily responsible for the vast amount of pollination across the globe. Honeybees are the most common bee species to pollinate flowers, crops, and plants and build honey-filled beehives.
Surprised by our list of the most interesting myths about honeybees? The next time you spot a worker bee or buzzing insect, remember that bees live short but vital lives.