To BEE a HoneyBEE

Okay, so you wake up tomorrow morning, not yourself as you know it with two arms, two legs and a head, but instead you’re 700,000 times smaller than the average human, exceptionally hairy, you can fly (bonus feature) and your day job is now to collect pollen. And your new boss is known as “Queen”.

But here’s the kicker, you’ve got FIVE (5) EYES!! Two of them called compound eyes and made up of 6,900 tiny lenses that take up about half your face. Each lens sends you a different “pixel” which you use to see the world around you. Colors you see are different now, red looks like black and your three ‘primary’ colors are blue, green and ultraviolet. Your other three eyes detect only changes in light to tell you quickly if danger is nearby.

Here are some cool Bee FAQs:

  • Four wings move at 11,400 strokes per minute
  • They can sense chemicals in the air
  • A single pound of honey is a lifetime of work for about 768 bees, made up of visits to 2 million flowers
  • Of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey
  • Honeybees fly at speeds of up to 15 miles an hour
  • Around 80% of all American fruit, vegetable and seed crops are pollinated by bees
  • Each hive is made up of a single Queen and many workers and drones

All is well with the world, because Beyoncé and Lil’ Kim can both “bee” the sole Queen of their own hive.

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