Bee Facts


1. The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.

2. It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

3. Honey bees are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.

4. They are insects with a scientific name – Apis Mellifera.

5. They have 6 legs, 2 eyes, and 2 wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.

6. The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.  Scientifically they are not suppose to fly.

7. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.

8. The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

9. It takes about 556 workers to gather 1 pound of honey from about 2 million flowers.

10. It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.

11. A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

12. A avg. colony of honey bees consists of 20,000-50,000 honeybees and one queen.

13. All worker honey bees are female, live 6 to 8 weeks during summer and harvest all pollen and nectar.

14. The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.

15. The male honey bees are called drones, and they do not forage for nectar or pollen, they do not have no stinger.  Drones are good for mating, however once the drone as mated with a queen they give their life in doing so.

16. Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members’ identification.  Further studies also show that these pheromones are pivotal in hives success.

17. Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die shortly thereafter once it’s been used. Queens have a stinger, but don’t leave the hive to help defend it.  They use their stinger to defend themselves from other queens.

18. During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.  The Honeybees shake and rub against themselves to create heat. 80-90 degrees is maintained in the center of the cluster.  Honey Bees do not hibernate, as doing so would allow the temperature to drop and the colony to die.  Ever heard the term busy as a bee, year around they are always busy busy.

19.  Honey bees pollinate approx 73% of all your food you consume.  With out the honeybee our diet would be much different and less diverse.