- It’s about 700,000 times smaller than the average human.
- It has 960,000 neurons, compared to 86 billion for a human.
- It has six articulated limbs, each with six segments.
- It has five eyes. Two of them are compound eyes made up of 6,900 lenses and cover about half of the face, These two mega-eyes sees the world differently. Red looks black, and the three primary colors are blue, green, and ultraviolet. It detects motion intensely but outlines are fuzzy and images, blocky.
- Its other three eyes detect only changes in light, as a warning of danger.
- Its four wings move at 11,400 strokes a minute.
- The wiggle dance tells other members of the colony where a nectar supply is within a five-mile radius of the hive.
- Of 20,000 species of bees, only four make honey.
- Around 80 percent of all American fruit, vegetable, and seed crops are pollinated by bees.
- Its straw-like tongue extends far beyond the jaw but has no taste buds. Instead, specialized hairs sense the chemicals that brush up against its exceptionally hairy body.
– from an article by Natasha Frost at Atlas Obscura