How Long Does a Bee Live in a Vacuum?

We are all familiar with bees, the much-loved and often-hated insects that can help or hinder our lives depending on which side of them we’re on. But did you know that there are different types of bees? Or that these unique creatures can live up to six hours in a vacuum?

That’s true! A bee in a vacuum can live up to 6 hours inside a vacuum. Despite the harsh conditions of this environment, the sturdy exoskeleton of bees makes it possible to last for such an amount of time.

And no, we are not just talking about the vacuum cleaners that you keep in your home but rather an actual vacuum created by nature herself! So what is this magical place and how long do bees live there? Let’s find out!

The life of a bee inside a vacuum

So, you’ve managed to vacuum a bee. Congratulations! You must be feeling pretty proud of yourself. If you’re not, don’t worry: There’s no way of knowing whether or not bees have feelings. They do have brains but they don’t really use them for anything other than telling their wings how to flap and how many times per second to flap them.

So, how long does a bee live inside a vacuum? The short answer is: It depends on what kind of vacuum you use and whether or not there are any leaks in the seal between your hose and the end where things get sucked up. If all goes well, your bee will survive for about three minutes before suffocating from lack of oxygen and then dying from starvation (since it can’t eat).

However, if there are any leaks at all in that seam between your hose and whatever else it’s attached too then things won’t go so smoothly—and it could take up to five minutes before your bee dies!

Why is a vacuum a harsh environment for bees?

A bee is not adapted to live in a vacuum. The bee’s body functions differently than the human body does, and it needs certain resources that are not available in the vacuum of space. Bees have trouble regulating their body temperature and oxygen levels, which can lead to death if they do not find a way out of their situation quickly.

The vacuum environment is also very different from what bees would normally experience on Earth; there are no flowers or trees for them to pollinate, no fresh water sources nearby (because water evaporates quickly), no food sources at all (most plants die without sunlight), etcetera. All these factors contribute to making this an incredibly harsh environment for bees!

So, even though bees can survive in a vacuum for a short period of time, they would not last long enough to travel through space. A human astronaut would also be unable to breathe in space without some sort of special apparatus (such as an oxygen mask), but it is much easier for humans to adapt than it is for bees.

Can bees survive a vacuum?

You may be asking yourself, “Can bees survive a vacuum?” Let’s take a look at the science!

Bees have a high tolerance for cold and low tolerance for heat. They can withstand temperatures down to -15 degrees Celsius, or 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but they prefer it warm and humid.

Bees don’t do well in extremely hot weather because their wings aren’t built for flying when temperatures get too high: overheating leads to death by dehydration. If you feel like going outside with them during summertime is too dangerous—or if you’re just looking for an excuse not to move your hive from indoors out—no worries! 

Bees can handle temperatures between 20-30 degrees Celsius (or 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit) just fine. Just don’t leave them out in direct sunlight without shade protection (like an umbrella).

When it comes to pressure and humidity levels, bees need it moist but not too wet: around 60 percent relative humidity is ideal for their survival; any higher or lower than this will cause stress on them physically and mentally. 

While they’re able to cope with low oxygen levels as long as there’s enough carbon dioxide (that’s what makes us breathe!), too much CO2 will make them pass out unconscious so don’t let that happen either!

How long can a queen bee live in a vacuum?

The time a queen bee can survive in a vacuum depends on the size of the vacuum. If the vacuum is large, with plenty of room for her to move around and find air, she may be able to live for up to 30 minutes. If it’s small or has a narrow opening (like some handheld models), you may not be able to get her out before she dies from lack of oxygen.

If you don’t want to kill the queen, carefully slide something thin like a match or tweezers under her belly and lift her out. If you want to save the hive, you can do so by gently pouring off any liquid from the jar into another container. Then remove the lid with your hands if possible. If not, use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to remove it.

How long can a giant bee live in a vacuum?

A giant bee can survive in a vacuum for 24 hours, but only if it’s removed from the vacuum quickly. This is because the species of giant bee, which is also known as a carpenter bee or Xylocopa, are more resistant to the effects of vacuum cleaners than other bees.

As long as you don’t leave your vacuum turned on for too long after you’ve sucked up your bug friend, it should be fine!

The reason why is that carpenter bees have a special form of air sacs that allow them to breathe in a vacuum. These sacs allow the insect to take in oxygen from the outside atmosphere through their spiracles, which are small openings on the thorax of insects.

Can you vacuum a bee?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Don’t kill the messenger.” Well, that may be true for most messengers (except for those annoying paperboys who are always knocking on your door), but it’s not true for honeybees. 

When you vacuum a bee, it will die in a couple of hours. And if you’re thinking about killing off a bee to make honey or royal jelly or any other bee products, then think again—you can’t make honey from dead bees!


Overall, bees can survive in a vacuum cleaner, but not for very long. It all depends on the type of bee and its size when compared to other insects like flies or mosquitoes which are known to live longer inside the machine before dying due to a lack of oxygen flow through their tiny bodies.