The Great Sleepy Bee. Where do bees go after a long hard day of work? Not to bed, rather back to the hive where they will actually rest. Bees don't sleep in the same way we do, but they do stop their activity and go into a dormant state. Some bees do have working functions during the night, but most of them will return to the hive for some shuteye.
Like other insects, the honey bee has compound eyes—hundreds of single eyes (called ommatidia) arranged next to each other, each with its own lens and each looking in a different direction. This doesn't mean that the bee sees lots of little pictures, as each ommatidium sees only one intensity, contributing a 'pixel' to the overall image perceived by the compound eye, just like a single photoreceptor in the retina of our own eye. But there are differences between the bee's view of the world and ours.
The bee has fewer ommatidia than we have photoreceptors, and they are not evenly spaced. And of course the bee sees colours differently, relies more on image motion than on shapes, and much more.
Bees may not have eyes in the back of their head, but you can be sure—they see you well before you see them.—N.B.
Staggering. Yes, she's as beautiful as a ten. And yes, when this beauty stings you, it hurts ten times more than the last beauty you had. Her figure? Stunning. But I hear she's a ten figure gal. She is. 144,000,000,000,000 to be exact—which is the ten figure number of bees in the U.S. today. And yes, that's 144 Billion. Stunning, yes, but let's keep it that way because these beauties are in jeopardy, disappearing at an alarming rate. For instance, Since 2006, North American migratory beekeepers have seen an annual 30 percent to 90 percent loss in their colonies; non-migratory beekeepers noted an annual loss of over 50 percent. Similar losses were reported in Canada, as well as several countries in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Find out how you can help save these beautiful bees.—N.B.