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Part 2: The Bee Trail

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Where do the bees come from?

The common bumblebee and European Honey Bee both like to live in a hive. A good, strong Bumblebee hive can support up to 60,000 bees!

Bees can travel several miles from their hive - using the Sun to navigate - but typically an average distance each bee flies is less than a mile.

Fun Fact A hive of 60,000 bees fly the equivalent distance from the Earth to the Moon everyday!

The normal top speed of a worker would be about 15-20mph (21-28km/h) when flying to a food source and about 12mph (17km/h) when returning, heavily laden, with nectar, pollen, propolis (resin collected from tree buds) or water.

What do bees do at night?

The usual nighttime bee activities include keeping the hive warm, cleaning up debris, processing the day’s nectar, pollen, and/or syrup collection, and of course, sleeping.

Yes, honeybees do sleep at night! Honeybees can sleep for between 5-8 hours everyday.

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