We’ve all heard the expression “the bee’s knees.” What I’d really like to know is, do bees really have knees?
This is a really good question and in fact they do. Bees do have segmented legs, consisting of parts called a coax, a trochanter, a femur, a tibia and a tarsus. The jointw between which must be considered to be 'knees'.
There’s been some discussion on the Naked Scientists’ forum about this and Turnipsock suggests that perhaps the expression "The Bee's Knees" comes from the fact that they store pollen in these hairy baskets on their knees. They have hairs on their knees which are used to collect a big build-up of pollen. So, this could look like something very big and spectacular, hence the expression.
Penny Wood asked the Naked Scientists: We've all heard the saying, but do bees really have knees? What do you think? Penny Wood, Fri, 30th May 2008
In a sense, they do. I'm pretty sure they don't have knee caps or any such similar structures, but their legs are jointed. Supercryptid, Fri, 30th May 2008
Bees seem to have more knees than you can shake a stick at.
Or is it a corruption of "the business"? lyner, Fri, 30th May 2008
This bee certainly looks pleased with itself ...
Well, this bee seems happy about something
RD - oh dear. You've sunk to our level. I knew it would happen.
Must have been a waxing moon! Bass, Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Or was it a honey-comb??
comb sweet comb turnipsock, Sun, 1st Jun 2008
You are bee-yond help. DoctorBeaver, Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Bee hive yourselves and do some serious Science. lyner, Mon, 2nd Jun 2008
Like why do Bees fly away from their hives to who knows where.
Bees swarm to divide the colony & start a new hive. Approximately 60% of the bees leave the existing colony.
Beekeepers do use smoke to get at the fresh honeycombs so I have
Bees even have aerials to tune in to TNS radio show on the Bee Bee C ...
Another reason that the hive of bees just vanish could be because the queen dies, she is the main bee, who keeps it going. someone will correct me perhaps Turnipsock, Doctor Beaver Andrew or ???
how do you know? Nubbly, Thu, 21st Jan 2010
Bees suck...Wasps are waaaay cooler!!! Marie, Fri, 8th Oct 2010