FUN FACTS

• The Italian honey bee is the most widely distributed of the honey bees, because it is able to adapt to most climates.

• Brandywine Zoo currently has one observation hive inhabited from early May through mid-September.

• Bees fly about 20 miles per hour.

THREATS & CONSERVATION

Colony collapse disorder occurs when most of a colony’s worker bees abandon the queen. While this has always happened throughout history, since 2006 the rate of collapse has nearly doubled.