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Last Updated: Tuesday June 22 2010 11:57 GMT

10 amazzzzzing facts about bees

A honeybee

• There are over 250 species of bee in the UK, including honeybees and bumblebees. Other less well known types include stingless and carpenter bees.

• Not all bees are black and yellow - for example, bumblebees can have orange or red on their bodies, or even be completely black!

• A lot of work goes into making honey - honeybees have to visit over 2 million flowers to make just one jar!

• A bee will visit between 50-100 flowers during one trip.

• Bees fly at an average speed of 20mph - that's almost as fast as Usain Bolt can run!

• Bees started producing honey between 10 and 20 million years ago - way before the first humans roamed the earth.

• There are over 60,000 bees in an average bee colony.

• Bees are sometimes confused with wasps - they might look alike, but wasps can sting more than once!

• Bumblebees have smelly feet - they produce oil to tell other bees which flowers they've already visited.

• Bees might buzz, but they never zzzzz - yes, they don't sleep!