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How fast can honey bees fly?

Honey bees may be small, but discover how surprisingly quick they can be.

Honey bees use the hexagonal comb to lay eggs, store honey and pollen. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Honey bees use the hexagonal comb to lay eggs, store honey and pollen.

A honey bee can fly at speeds of about 15 miles per hour.

OK, so that might not sound so fast. At honey-bee speeds, you couldn't even get a speeding ticket in a school zone. But that little bee is still going a bit faster than a tourist on a Segway -- and almost four times as fast as that codger on the Rascal mobility scooter. And bees are tiny!

The speed of bees can definitely make life difficult for people who want to get their hands on the sweet honey of a wild hive. The best way to obtain wild honey is to follow a worker bee making a bee-line back to her home. Just imagine spotting a bee and setting off after it on a 15 mph tear through a rustic, brambly woodland, and you'll have an idea just how frustrating the speed of a bee can be.

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