Interesting Facts About Bees, Beekeepers and Honey

  • The honeybee is directly responsible for over 80% of all vital pollination. This accounts for more than 2/3 of the food we eat.
  • A bee must fly the equivalent (relative to humans) of three times around the globe to gather a single teaspoon of honey.
  • A healthy colony of bees can produce from 300-500 pounds of honey per year.
  • Honeycomb is mathematically the second strongest structure in the world besides pyramids.
  • Scout bees report the nectar source to the rest of the hive by doing a dance that describes the source location in relation to the sun.
  • Due to pestilence and pesticide misuse, there are fewer than an estimated 1% of “wild” bees in this country. The rest are tended by beekeepers.
  • An estimated 5% of beekeepers quit beekeeping annually due to the mite epidemic and import competition.
  • Every year migratory beekeepers are contracted all over the country to pollinate roughly 85% of all food crops.
  • Bees possess five eyes.
  • Bees are flying insects that are closely related to wasps and ants.
  • They are known for their role in pollinating flowers and producing honey.
  • Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • There are three types of bees in a hive: the queen, the workers, and the drones.
  • The queen is the only bee that can lay eggs.
  • The workers are all female, and they do all of the work in the hive.
  • The drones are male bees that do not have stingers, and their only job is to mate with the queen.
  • Honey has many health benefits, including reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
  • Hives are man-made structures that provide a place for bees to live and work.
  • Honey is a popular food all over the world.
  • It is used in baking, as a sweetener in tea and coffee, and as natural medicine.
  • Honey has a long shelf life and does not need to be refrigerated.
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