- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Hymenoptera
- Suborder: Apocrita
- Superfamily: Apoidea
- Clade: Anthophila
19 Bee Facts for Kids
- Bees are eusocial flying insects and members of the Apocrita suborder.
- Bees are known for their role in pollination and production of honey and beeswax.
- There are over 16,000 species of bees worldwide.
- Bees can be found on every continent, except Antarctica.
- Not all bees are social, there are many species that are solitary and do not live we other bees in a bee nest.
- Bees are omnivores, because of the microbes living in the pollen and nectar that they eat.
- Bees can be as small as 0.08 inch and as large as 1.54 inches.
- The largest living bee is the Wallace’s Giant Bee (Megachile pluto).
- The average flight speed of a bee is 15 miles per hour.
- Bees can flap its wings around 230 times a second, which produces the famous buzzing noise you hear.
- Many bee species have a stinger that can be used in defense. Some of these stingers have barbs and when that bee stings something, it’s ripped out of their abdomen and they die.
- Not all bees can sting, about 500 species of bees are stingless.
- A bee nest is a natural nest or cavity created by the bees, where a beehive is a man-made enclosure for bees.
- The western honey bee is domesticated and used in the production of honey and crop pollination.
- The carpenter bee is considered a pest because they can cause minor damage to structures made from wood.
- The bumble bee doesn’t have barbs on its stinger, so it can sting multiple times.
- Colony collapse disorder, or simply CCD is an event where the worker bees of a colony abandon their nest or hive.
- Melittology, sometimes called Apicology, is the scientific study of bees.
- A person who produces commodities from bees is called a beekeeper or an apiarist.
A picture of a Honey Bee.
A picture of a Bumble Bee.
Credit: The National Wildlife Federation
A picture of a Carpenter Bee.
Credit: Donna K Race
Additional Resources on Bees
- A List of TED Talks about Bees – Watch TED Talk videos that are about bees.
- Bees – National Geographic – Find more bee facts on the Bees – National Geographic website.
- Bees – The National Wildlife Federation – Discover more amazing facts about bees on the National Wildlife Federation website.
- Bees – Wikipedia – Learn more about bees on the Wikipedia website.