interesting facts of honey bees

Interesting Facts of Honey Bees

Honey Bees:
  • Bees fly an average of 13-15 miles per hour.
  • A bee’s wings beat 180 times per second.
  • During the production period, or spring and summer, a worker bee's average life
  • span is six weeks.
  • Worker bees are all female.
  • Honeybees visit approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • A bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of
  • honey - as far as 6 miles per round trip.
  • To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the
  • Bees from the same hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day - one bee
  • usually visits between fifty and a thousand flowers per day, but sometimes up to
  • several thousand.
  • Approximately 8 pounds of honey is consumed by bees to produce 1 pound of
  • Queens will lay approximately 2,000 eggs per day at a rate of 5 or 6 per minute -
  • between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs are laid per year.
  • The queen may mate with up to 17 drones over a 1 to 2 day period of mating flights.
  • The queen stores the sperm from her mating voyage, giving her a lifetime supply.
  • She only mates once in her lifetime.

Bees do not sleep; however, they can be found resting in empty cells.

  • There are 40,000 to 60,000 bees in a beehive during honey-gathering season.
  • The average temperature of a hive is 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Honey is 80% sugar and 20% water.
  • Honey has been used as a topical dressing for wounds since microbes cannot live in
  • It also produces hydrogen peroxide.
  • Honey has been used to embalm bodies.
  • 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.
  • Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
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