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Top 10 Animal Workaholics

1. Corporate Employees: Honey Bees

These little dark brown- and yellow-striped insects are responsible for a multi-million dollar business. According to the University of Rhode Island’s horticulture program, between honey, beeswax and cross-pollination of other agricultural crops, honeybees produce more than $100 million dollars in profits each year in the U.S. alone. Much like any large company, there are a variety of roles that help the business inside the beehive run smoothly. The CEO is the queen bee, and her main responsibility is to reproduce more bees so the hive continuously has new workers. Field bees are responsible for leaving the hive to collect necessary supplies, like nectar, which they pass on to the worker bees at the hive. The worker bees are all female and are responsible for creating the honey. They regurgitate the nectar over and over to remove most of the water, which produces honey. Worker bees also provide heating and air-conditioning for the hive, warming it in the winter by waving their wings and cooling it by sprinkling water on the honeycomb. There are no vacations or happy hours at the end of a long day — like the rest of the animals in our countdown, their business runs around the clock with no overtime pay.

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1:07PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Czasami wstyd mi za ludzi, w porównaniu z tymi zwierzętami, część z nas to straszne lenie.

9:57PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Just thought I should mention that the Bower Bird's bower is for attracting and courting a female.
The nest for her eggs and raising their young is built way up in a tall tree :)

2:15PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Great and humourous list.

1:34PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Wonderful, thanks for posting.

3:14AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Ants are the most awesomeist *sic* creatures on the planet for a plethora of reasons that outshine the most talented at foraging or working. Community minded, caring, policing, saving, and working together as well as sharing the load and the other awesome thing they do is carry a load that is far greater and heavier than WE could carry. These little creatures get a bad rap but if you take the time to watch them do their thing. nah not eat your picnic lunch but out in the garden you will quickly see a different and most awesome side of an Ant. They are my colony Hero's. Brilliant they are. Wish we could take a leaf out of their book and learn to survive and work together in harmony. Like they do. Brilliant.

9:45AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Emperor penguins are awesome! The males totally deserve the title of "Dad of the Year". They are practically single-parents for four months and endure the worst weather on the planet! That's dedication!


Lara - Termites are Isoptera (recently reclassified "Termitoidae"), not hymenoptera. They are two different groups.

8:47AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Just continues to show how much us humans can learn from animals. thanks

1:01PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Interesting. Termites, Ants and Bees are all social hymenopterans (hymenoptera is a very large class of Insects, 130,000 recognized species). The "social" hymenopterans (hymen meaning membrane and ptera meaning "wing") have been around since the Cretacious period so clearly they are doing something right! They even share a hive mind! Very cool!

12:51PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

very interesting...

11:38AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Very good article, thank you !

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