BEE Fun Facts

FUN FACTS to go with my BLOG BEE Kind

  • Bees have 5 eyes.
  • Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs.
  • Male bees in the hive are called drones.
  • Bees fly about 20 mph.
  • Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees.
  • Number of eggs laid by queen: 2,000 per day is the high.
  • Losing its stinger will cause a bee to die
  • Bees have been here about 30 million years!
  • An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees
  • Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
  • The average forager makes about 1/12 th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds
  • Bees have 2 pairs of wings
  • The principal form of communication among honey bees is through chemicals called pheromones
  • Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality.
  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • 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.
  • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
  • A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
  • The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs a day.
  • The queen may mate with up to 17 drones over a 1-2 day period of mating.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees
  • Worker honey bees live for about 4 weeks in the spring or summer but up to 6 months during the winter.
  • The Honey bee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term “honey moon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.
  • The practice of beekeeping dates back at least 4,500 years
  • Approximately one third of the food we eat is the result of honey bee pollination
  • In their 6-8 week lifespan, a worker bee will fly the equivalent distance of 1 ½ times the circumference of the Earth.
  • Mead, which is made from fermented honey, is the world’s oldest fermented beverage.
  • A single bee will produce only about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • Bees are attracted to caffeine
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans.
  • During a single collection trip, a honey bee will visit anywhere from 50 to 100 flowers.
  • Honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second, creating their trademark “buzz”.
  • Only drones are male.
  • In order to make a pound of honey, a hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles
  • Honey bees don’t sleep. Instead, they spend their nights motionless, conserving energy for the next day’s activities.
  • Honey was found in King Tut’s tomb, and, because it never spoils, it was still good!
  • Honey is the only known source of the antioxidant pinocembrin.
  • There are estimated to be nearly 212,000 beekeepers in the United States.
  • Honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar.
  • Honey is the only foodstuff that contains all of the necessary nutrients to sustain life.
  • Bee venom is used as a treatment for several ailments, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
  • Drones die after mating with a queen.
  • A single hive can produce anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds of honey every year.