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Why are bees hairy?

Why are bees so hairy? Did you know...


Honeybees have almost three million hairs on their tiny bodies. Each hair is strategically placed to carry pollen.


Their eyes also have hairs which are perfectly spaces to carry one grain of pollen between each hair.



They also have tiny sensory hairs each with a nerve at the base. These hairs are sensitive to vibration; if they detect an unfamiliar vibration frequency, the bee will become alarmed. Bees also use these hairs for touch. If they're physically touched, the nerves send a message to the bee’s brain, alerting it that it is being touched!


Lots to learn about these incredible little insects. To check out more facts see our honey bee page at Humble Bee Natural Durham Honey and don't forget to enter our competition!

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